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Hu calls for fairer UN decision procedure
By Jiang Zhuqing (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-09-17 07:31

NEW YORK: President Hu Jintao said on Thursday that United Nations reform, a hot topic at the ongoing world's largest summit, should be realized through democratic consultation in an active and prudent manner.

Chinese President Hu Jinato, seen here addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. President Hu Jintao received a welcome when he arrived in the Canadian city of Vancouver at the end of a landmark North American tour. [AFP]

"The new international situation presents new challenges to the United Nations," Hu said at an interactive roundtable focusing on the reform of the world body. He urged member countries "to seize the historical opportunity to introduce rational and necessary reforms" so that the UN can better fulfil its mandate under the Charter.

It is the fourth time the Chinese leader has addressed the three-day UN World Summit, which coincides with the organization's 60th anniversary this year. On the second day of the summit, heads of government and heads of state from more than 170 countries stressed in their speeches the need to reform the UN, to fight terrorism and to continue efforts to achieve the UN's Millennium Development Goals.

As the reforms have a key role in the future of the organization, Hu said they should focus on the overall mission and use it as the yardstick to evaluate all reform proposals.

To help the reform gain a solid foundation and garner broad support, it is necessary to have full deliberation and extensive consultation where opinions of different parties are respected and concerns mutually accommodated, the Chinese president said.

He warned against imprudent activities in carrying out UN reform to "ensure the results can withstand the test of time and practice."
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