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Annan welcomes reports of upcoming talks between US, DPR of Korea and China

Annan welcomes reports of upcoming talks between US, DPR of Korea and China

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today welcomed reports on the forthcoming multilateral talks involving the United States, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and China in Beijing.

A UN spokesman said in a statement that the Secretary-General “is encouraged by what he hopes is the beginning of the process that would resolve diplomatically the current crisis on the Korean Peninsula.”

The Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy, Maurice F. Strong, “will continue to lend their full support to this process, while concentrating on humanitarian and longer-term development needs of the DPRK,” the statement noted.