A four-member Chinese delegation, headed by the ambassador, included Li Chen Glin, the newly appointed Defence Attaché and two other diplomats. The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the new Army Commander held discussions today at the Army Headquarters.Chinese Ambassador Wu Jianghao is the first foreign diplomat to have formal talks with the new Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake. Towards the end of the meeting, both of them signified the importance of the occasion by exchanging mementos, the army media unit said. During their interaction, both the Ambassador and the Army Chief shared sentiments of goodwill and views on matters of mutual interest.
In a message to the UN Standing Advisory Committee on the Questions of Security in Central Africa, delivered in Bangui by Lamine Cissé, his Representative to the Central African Republic, Mr. Annan said a number of persisting conflicts in the region remain cause for concern, as do the repercussions of wars that have been settled. At the same time, the Secretary-General called attention to positive developments in several areas, notably the rapprochement between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and a number of its neighbours. “Another sign of hope is the evolution of the situation in Angola, where the United Nations has just created a mission to help the country’s people and Government to consolidate peace and promote economic and social development.”The Secretary-General cautioned that these hopes would be dashed without a sincere commitment by all to the cause of peace. He encouraged the meeting’s participants to demonstrate the necessary political will to implement the decisions resulting from their work. “Be assured that the United Nations will continue to furnish you with all possible support,” he said.