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Argentina supports Ban for second term as UN chief

06-14-2011 14:00 BJT

BUENOS AIRES, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Monday said her country supports Ban Ki-moon to serve a second term as secretary-general of the United Nations.

Fernandez voiced her support for Ban during a welcome speech for his visit at the Government House, before a lunch given in his honor in the afternoon.

"We want to tell you that we see with approval your reelection at the United Nations," Fernandez said, who asked Ban for his support in urging Britain to resume discussions with Argentina over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands, known as Falkland in Britain.

Argentina and Britain have long been at odds over the sovereignty of the islands, and their dispute led to a short yet bloody war in 1982. The UN resolution in 1965 urged both parties to negotiate the issue.

Tensions between the two nations have resurfaced since Britain announced it would begin exploring the waters around the disputed islands for oil.

"Greater powers should serve as an example that the UN resolutions should be respected by everyone," she said.

Ban, meanwhile, told local government employees in a speech about Argentina's "crucial and increasing role" in the world through its increasing participation in global forums such as the G20 and the Group of 77 and China.

"Argentina and Latin America can play a more important role at the UN, and the UN can play a more important role in the region. We are good partners now," Ban said.

Ban was nominated to the top UN post in November 2006 to succeed Kofi Annan. Earlier this month, he officially announced his bid for a second term, saying that "with the support of member states it will be an honor to serve once again."

Ban arrived in Buenos Aires from Colombia on a tour for support in Latin America that also will take him to Uruguay and Brazil.



Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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