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FM calls for peace, common development
(China Daily)
Updated: 2005-09-21 05:52

China supports the UN reform and calls for peace, harmony and common development in the world, Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said at the United Nations on Monday.

"We want peaceful development Stability and security of one country cannot be built on turbulence or crisis of another," Li said while addressing the general debate of the 60th session of the UN General Assembly.

He said that only a new security concept featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and co-ordination would enable one to develop peacefully and safeguard peace by development.

"We want harmonious development," Li said. "We should work together for more democratic and law-based international relations, and a harmonious environment in which countries respect one another, treat one another as equals, and different cultures can emulate and interchange with each other."

"We want common development," the Chinese foreign minister added. "No model of development which benefits only a few countries or a small group of people is acceptable or sustainable."

He stressed that countries should co-operate with each other more closely to bring economic globalization on the track towards win-win results, benefit-sharing and common prosperity.

On the UN reforms, Li said the position of the UN as the core of world collective security mechanism must be strengthened so that it can perform its duty of safeguarding peace in a more effective way.

"China supports the efforts to enhance the UN's capacity on conflict prevention, mediation and good-office," he noted. "Development should be the mainstream of the UN reform."

Li reiterated the substantive steps President Hu Jintao announced at the UN Summit, saying China will push forward reforms in the area of development so as to facilitate the resolution of issues concerning development.

He stressed that the international community, its developed members in particular, should take substantive steps to help its developing members break the vicious circle of debt, such as substantial reduction of debts, streamlining procedures and reducing conditions for debt relief.

Meeting with Annan

In a meeting with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Monday, Li said the Outcome Document adopted at the UN Summit reflects the consensus of member states to strengthen the UN role through reforms, and shows clearly the direction of the UN's development in the future.

Describing the UN Summit as very successful, Annan said the Outcome Document is the basis for the coming UN reforms.

He spoke highly of China's leading role in enhancing international support for developing countries.

(China Daily 09/21/2005 page2)

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