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Hu Jintao Meets with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

2005/04/23

Chinese President Hu Jintao met in Jakarta with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on the evening of April 23 to exchange views with him on issues of common concern.

Both Hu and Annan made positive remarks over the success of the Asia-Africa Summit, believing the summit demonstrated the awareness of Asia and Africa to enhance unity and cooperation and will exert profound impact on history.

Annan shared with Hu his ideas on the reform of the United Nations and considerations over the timing of the reform, and hoped to get the support of China. He said the reform involves in a number of aspects. The proposal on addressing the issue of development has gained the support of most countries and discussions on such issues as disarmament, non-proliferation and the standard for the use of force are still going on. The reform of the UN Security Council remains as the most disputed issue.

Hu said this year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Over the past six decades, the United Nations has played an irreplaceable role in international affairs with the important mission of safeguarding world peace and promoting common development. We believe the United Nations should play a bigger role in international affairs and support the efforts made by Mr. Secretary-General for advocating multilateralism and enhancing the role of the United Nations.

Hu said China supports the reform of the United Nations and hopes the reform will help enhance the authority of the United Nations so that it will play a bigger role in international affairs. Mr. Secretary-General has put forward a number of important practical suggestions on the reform in his comprehensive report submitted to the meeting of heads of state and government to be held this September for review. The Chinese side gives top priority to the report and will carefully study it. Meanwhile, we will also listen to the opinions of other developing nations. The suggestion on addressing the issue of development will get the support of developing nations. We support the expansion of the Security Council, agree to give priority to increasing representation of developing nations and insist to enhance the efficiency and authoritativeness of the Security Council. Since the reform of the Security Council concerns issues of great importance and involves in the interests of various parties, it is natural to have different ideas. As we have differences, it is particularly necessary for us to conduct full discussion and preparation to reach broad consensus.

Hu also shared with Annan his views on the current situation in East Asia upon request.



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