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Ban Ki-Moon: Costa Rica, A ‘Symbol of Peace’

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President Luis Guillermo Solís (left) greets UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon on his arrival to Costa Rica this morning.
President Luis Guillermo Solís (left) greets UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon on his arrival to Costa Rica this morning.

COSTA RICA NEWS – (12:55pm) – The General Secretary of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon, said Costa Rica a “symbol of peace” and that his visit to the country should serve to send a message to stop the violence in the Gaza Strip.

On his arrival to Costa Rica this Wednesday morning, in an official ceremony held at the Juan Santamaría international airport, the Korean called “shameful” and “unacceptable” the actions against Palestinian civilians and children. Ban Ki-moon and his wife Yoo Soon-taek, were greeted by President Luis Guillermo Solís and first lady, Mercedes Peñas, at the Base 2 of the airport.

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Solís reiterated his rejection and condemnation of the violence in Gaza, while committing Costa Rica to the UN actions to resolving the crisis.

Upon his arrival in San Pedro, to give a speech at the Interamerican Court of Human Rights (IACHR), the UN Secretary General was greeted by a demonstration of support for Palestine.

In San Pedro, Ban Ki-moon was met by pro  Palestine protests.
In San Pedro, Ban Ki-moon was met by pro Palestine protests.

On the agenda today is a meeting at the Foreign Ministery and a state dinner at the Teatro Nacional this evening. Ki-moon will be in Costa Rica until August 4.

The UN Secretary General arrives at the Foreign Ministry on a bicycle.
The UN Secretary General arrives at the Foreign Ministry on a bicycle. | Photo: Alberto Marin

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