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UN chief lauds China's role in trying to revive Six-Party Talks

(Xinhua)

09:56, December 15, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday voiced his appreciation of China's role "in trying to facilitate the Six-Party Talks," which he said "had been playing a very important role" in achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and called on all the parties concerned "to promote a politically conducive atmosphere" for the early resumption of the talks.

The statement came as the secretary-general was speaking here at his year-end press conference, which is also the last one in Ban's first five-year term and he will begin his second term as the UN chief on Jan. 1.

"I also appreciate the Chinese role in trying to facilitate the Six-Party Talks," Ban said. "The Six-Party Talks had been playing a very important role, a crucial role, in addressing North Korean nuclear issues, and there was a joint statement, which had not been, unfortunately, implemented."

"I do hope that, since the current situation is not tenable, they should engage in dialogue and try to promote a politically conducive atmosphere. It requires all the parties of the six countries -- the United States, Japan, Russia, and both Koreas and China," he said.

The Six-Party Talks, aiming at achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, were launched in 2003, but became bogged down in Dec. 2008. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea pulled out of the talks in April 2009.

China has maintained close contact and held consultations with the relevant parties on easing the situation and pushing the Six- Party Talks forward.

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