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UN chief meets South Korean president
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09:12, April 17, 2008

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with visiting South Korean President Lee Myung Bak Wednesday at the UN Headquarters.

Ban's spokesperson Michele Montas told a noon briefing that the morning meeting lasted about half an hour and was very cordial.

"I was very much encouraged by his strong commitment to work more for all United Nations activities, commensurate with the Korean government's economic development and political maturity in the area of peacekeeping operations and Official Development Assistance," Ban told reporters after the meeting.

Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, said the president expressed his "strong support for the centrality of the United Nations, and his intention to participate more actively in all the works of the United Nations, including the eradication of poverty, Official Development Assistance, Millennium Development Goals."

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) shakes hands with Lee Myung-bak, President of the Republic of Korea, at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States, April 16, 2008.

The UN chief said that they also discussed the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and how to promote a better inter-Korean relationship.

"I am also committed to facilitating, as secretary-general of the United Nations, to the ongoing peace process as well as implementation of nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula," Ban added.


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