The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) should strengthen its
cooperation with the United Nations to meet the needs in dealing
with international affairs, a senior Chinese lawmaker said on
Speaking at an IPU assembly in Geneva, Lu Congmin, deputy
director of the foreign affairs committee of the National People's
Congress(NPC), said the IPU's joint efforts with the world body
should be focused on achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals
and implementing IPU assembly resolutions to promote economic
growth, social stability and ethnic amity.
In particular, the major concerns of developing countries need
to be addressed, Lu said.
The NPC will, as always, commit itself to promoting ties between
the IPU and the UN, Lu added.
Lawmakers from 147 countries gathered here from October 8-10 to
discuss the role of parliaments in promoting democracy and
Other items for discussion included migrant workers, people
trafficking, xenophobia, UN affairs and the parliamentary
overseeing of state policies on foreign aid. The situation in
Myanmar was included as an emergency item.
The Chinese lawmaker called for a "cautious, responsible"
attitude in dealing with the situation in Myanmar.
The international community should support and encourage efforts
aimed at stabilizing Myanmar and achieving political reconciliation
in the country, Lu said.
(Xinhua News Agency October 11, 2007)