NOTE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
United Nations, New York, 28 April 2010
Currently on official visit to the People’s Republic of China, the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, today held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr. Yang Jiechi. They discussed wide ranging issues on the top of the agenda of the United Nations including development, peace and security, United Nations reform and a number of international and regional issues. They underlined the need to strengthen multilateralism, with the United Nations at its core, to address effectively the global challenges confronting the international community.
President Treki highlighted the significance of the September 2010 High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly, with the participation of Heads and State and Government, to review the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), noting its particular importance for the developing countries. Highlighting the inter-linkage between peace and development, both sides emphasized the critical importance of re-doubling the efforts to achieve the internationally agreed development goals including the MDGs.
President Treki apprised the Foreign Minister of other priorities for the sixty-fourth Session of the General Assembly, in particular his initiatives to hold various thematic debates of the General Assembly on important issues including disarmament, Middle East peace process, peacekeeping, dialogue among civilizations, and the piracy issue with a focus on the situation in Somalia. The Chinese Foreign Minister expressed appreciation and full support for these initiatives.
Both sides emphasized the urgent need for a just and lasting settlement of the question of Palestine and a comprehensive peace in the Middle East and the enhanced role that the United Nations should play in that regard. The Chinese Foreign Minister also expressed China’s full support for the peace and development objectives in Africa.
They also discussed efforts to reform and strengthen the United Nations, particularly in the context of the ongoing processes on the revitalization of the General Assembly, the reform of the Security Council and the United Nations Secretariat reform. They underlined the importance of an effective United Nations responsive to the interests of all Member States.
Later in the day, the President of the General Assembly visited the China Institute of International Studies, Beijing, where he had an interactive session with prominent Chinese scholars and researchers on a host of issues related to the United Nations, Africa and other regional situations and the role of the United Nations in addressing global issues.