United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the June 12 opening of the First European Games in Baku. He congratulated Azerbaijan for the organisation of the Games.

At a press briefing in New York on June 11, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban Ki-moon hopes Azerbaijan will promote greater international and regional cooperation, he said.

The Secretary-General trusts that they will not distract from the positive role that sports and youth can play in the promotion of peace and development around the world, he said.