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China puts forth proposal on reconstruction in post-war Iraq

2003-08-07 00:00

  BEIJING, Aug. 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan put
forth a five-point proposal here Thursday on the reconstruction of post-war Iraq
while meeting with visiting Jalal Al-Talabani, member of the leadership of the
Iraqi Governing Council and chairman of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

  Tang said that the most pressing task at present is to resume Iraq's
stability and normal order, which is also the general concern of the
international community including China.

  Secondly, the final settlement of the Iraq issue should rely onthe Iraqi
people. A new Iraqi regime should be established as soonas possible and should
be universally representative. The political will and choice of the Iraqi people
should be fully respected.

  Thirdly, effective UN participation is conducive to the proper settlement
of the Iraqi issue and is in conformity with the interests of the Iraqi people.

  Fourthly, the legitimate interests of various countries in Iraqshould be

  Lastly, the Chinese government attaches great importance to andis ready to
take a positive role in the economic reconstruction ofpost-war Iraq.

  Tang told Al-Talabani that the establishment of the Iraqi Governing Council
not long ago is an important step towards "Iraqipeople running Iraq", and China
hopes the governing council can shoulder the mission of running the country and
creating a good life for the Iraqi people.

  Al-Talabani briefed Tang on the current Iraqi situation and spoke highly of
China's role in international and regional affairs.He also praised China as
Iraqi people's great friend and welcomed China to participate in Iraq's post-war

  Al-Talabani and his party, guests of the Chinese People's Association for
Friendship with Foreign Countries, are the first Iraqi delegation to visit China
after the Iraq war this year.

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