Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing had a phone conversation
Sunday with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, during which the
two officials exchanged views on issues including Iraq, the Mideast
and the nuclear issue of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
the Iraq issue, Straw said that a government elected by the Iraqi
people should be established as soon as possible, and the United
Nations should play a role to this end.
said the international community shares the common wish that Iraq's
post-war arrangements and reconstruction should be resolved within
the UN framework.
The Chinese side holds that related arrangements should be
conducive to the long-term interests of the Iraqi people and to
lasting peace and stability in the Mideast and the Gulf region,
said Li, adding that China remains open to any proposals that would
facilitate the realization of the above-mentioned goals.
the Mideast issue, Straw said that the "Road Map" peace plan
constitutes a good opportunity for the Mideast peace process, and
the international community should continue urging the parties
concerned, including Palestine and Israel, to take active and
constructive steps to push forward this process.
said China welcomes the unveiling of the "Road Map" for Mideast
peace and hopes that Israel and Palestine would seize the current
favorable opportunity and cooperate with the international
community's efforts to ensure the resumption of peace talks as soon
China is ready to cooperate with the international community,
including the British side, to push for a settlement of the Mideast
issue, said Li, adding that China's special envoy, Wang Shijie,
will visit the Mideast again in the near future.
Straw spoke highly of the Beijing talks on the DPRK nuclear issue
held between China, the United States and the DPRK.
reiterated that the DPRK nuclear issue should be resolved
peacefully through dialogue.
said there are still many uncertain factors regarding this issue at
present, however, talks are better than no talks.
said the key is that the parties concerned must have the political
will to resolve this issue, keep the momentum for dialogue and
avoid any moves that could lead to an escalation of the situation
so as to keep the Beijing talks process going to facilitate the
realization of the non-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and
peace and stability in the region.
reiterated his thanks for the British government's support for the
Chinese people's fight against severe acute respiratory syndrome
(Xinhua News Agency May 12, 2003)