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Annan: China plays important role in UN
Updated: 2004-10-07 14:36

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Wednesday that China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, plays an important role in the world body.

"It is now playing an increasing role in global economy. The impact of Chinese dynamic economy is felt around the world," Annan said in an interview with Chinese reporters on the eve of his trip to China.

The UN chief said he appreciated the opportunity to go to China periodically to exchange views with Chinese leaders on UN-China relations and global development.

Annan said he would discuss with Chinese leaders issues like UN reform and the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. He also wanted to express his thanks to China for its participation in UN peacekeeping operations.

"And we will review other global development items on the UN agenda and discuss issues ranging from Iraq to Darfur (of Sudan)," he said.
As for the situation in Darfur, he said the African Union (AU) had indicated it was prepared to send more monitors and protection forces but it needed help to finish the task.

Annan asked the international community to give the AU all the support it needs.

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