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Building walls won't help solve migrant crisis, says UN chief Ban Ki-moon

Berlin: UN chief Ban Ki-moon says building barriers won't solve the migrant crisis in Europe.

Representational image of migrant workers. Reuters

Representational image of migrant workers. Reuters

The United Nations secretary-general told German daily Bild in an interview published on Friday that "building walls, discriminating against people or sending them back is no answer to the problem".

Ban praised German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "human political leadership" in dealing with the migrant crisis and urged other politicians to follow her example.

He declined to comment on speculation that Merkel might be nominated to succeed him in the top UN role when his second term ends on 31 December, 2016.


Updated Date: Mar 18, 2016 14:07 PM

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