Senior defense officials voice views on major issues in Asia-Pacific (3)

08:09, June 07, 2010      

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South Korea President Lee Myung-Bak confirmed his government referred the matter of the Cheonan case to the United Nations Security Council during his keynote speech here.

Lee said that "the Korean Peninsula must not remain as a place synonymous with conflict, strife and division. It must now become the cradle of peace in Northeat Asia."

Lee also urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to give up the nuclear weapons development.

Participants of the summit also offered their ideas on how to resolve conflicts and enhance cooperation within the region.

South Korea President Lee Myung-Bak said the peace in the 21st century must not simply mean the absence of violence and war, the genuine and lasting peace in this century must be a peace where the causes of conflict are fundamentally addressed.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov emphasised the role of the United Nations in conflict prevention and anti-crisis to enhance quality and efficiency of peacekeeping activities. In this regard, increasing financing, raising operational speed of decision and response, and preventing conflicts from happening are necessary.

In Ma Xiaotian's view, every country should combine its own interests of its own people with shared interests of people around the world, and its own national security with the common security with the international community.
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