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UN chief opposes politicizing Olympics
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday that he opposed any action to mingle the Olympics with politics.

Ban stated, during his meeting with Wang Yi, special envoy of Chinese President Hu Jintao, at the sideline of the UN Security Council high-level meeting on peace and security in Africa that the United Nations and he himself spare no effort in supporting the Beijing Olympic Games.

With the support of the Chinese government and Chinese people, the Olympic Games to be held in Beijing will be successful, and will serve as a platform for promoting world peace, harmony and cooperation as well as the mutual understanding of people from different countries, the UN chief said.

Wang said Beijing Olympics is highly expected not only by the Chinese people, but also by people all over the world.

He stressed that any attempt to sabotage the grand sport gala goes against the will of the majority of the international community.

Wang believed that the Beijing Olympic Games will be of great success.

Ban also discussed with Wang the cooperation between China and the United Nations, the issue of Darfur, the situation in Myanmar and the issue of non-proliferation on Korean Peninsula.

(Xinhua News Agency April 19, 2008)

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