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19 October 2004
PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL WITH UK FOREIGN SECRETARY JACK STRAW
London, 19 October 2004
STRAW: It’s my very great pleasure to welcome to London my good friend the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan. As a permanent member of the Security Council and current holder of the Council Presidency, the United Kingdom takes its responsibilities to the United Nations extremely seriously, and we greatly value the strong leadership which Kofi Annan has brought and continues to bring to the Organization.
We talked about a wide range of issues. The United Kingdom is a strong supporter of reform to strengthen the United Nations and make sure that it acts earlier to prevent conflict and to deal with other threats of international peace and security. And I told Kofi that we look forward very much to the recommendations in this area that will be made by the High Level Panel which he established, which I think is going to report in December.
The breadth of the issues which we discussed today underlines the central importance of the United Nations. We discussed Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Israel and Palestine, and on all those issues and many others the United Nations has a strong role to play in building consensus in preventing conflict and in making the world a safer place.
SECRETARY-GENERAL: Thank you very much, Jack. I think that the Foreign Secretary has given you a very clear idea, an exhaustive list, of the issues we’ve discussed. Let me say that it’s also been my pleasure to be here in London and to be able to discuss these crucial issues with him, and later on in the day with the Prime Minister.
On the Middle East I, as a member of the Quartet, agree with the Foreign Secretary that we should do whatever we can not only to assist the Palestinians in reforming their institutions and their security, but we should also monitor the Israeli plans for withdrawal and see how the international community will work with them. And in my judgment, it should be in accordance with the
But of course, the decisions have not been taken yet, and once that is taken, the international community will have a lot to do.
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