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Ban Ki-Moon Assures Hasina of Continued UN Support for Promotion of Democracy
By Ataur Rahman
Bangladesh Correspondent
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (right) meets with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Dhaka , Bangladesh — Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-Moon has assured Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of continuous UN support for further strengthening democracy in Bangladesh.

"The UN support for strengthening democracy in Bangladesh will continue in future," he said when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met Ban Ki-Moon at Palais des Nations in Geneva on Sept. 5, 2009.

During the meeting, the UN secretary general invited the Prime Minister to attend a special UN conference of 25 countries to be held on September 22 in New York ahead of the United Nations General Assembly, said Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Abul Kalam Azad after the meeting.

Recalling his meeting with Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1972, Ban Ki Moon described Bangabandhu a towering personality and praised his farsighted leadership.

The UN secretary general also lauded the commendable role of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, especially for the poor and general masses. He said, "You would be a world leader from the national leader for your commitment to democracy and for bringing welfare of the people."

Besides, Sheikh Hasina also thanked Ban Ki Moon for his commendable role in restoration of democracy in Bangladesh. In this context, she specially mentioned the UN support for holding a free, fair and credible election in Bangladesh.

Ban Ki Moon also appreciated different development programmes in Bangladesh in human resources development, women empowerment, health and infrastructure development under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He also lauded Sheikh Hasina's role in the climate change issue to ensure a safe world for the next generation.

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, State Minister for Environment Dr Hasan Mahmud, Principal Secretary M A Karim, Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes and Permanent Representative Md Abdul
Hannan was present on the occasion.

Later, Ms Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP), called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Hotel Suit here.

During the meeting, Ms Helen congratulated Sheikh Hasina for her assumption of office as the Prime Minister through a free, fair and credible election.

Sheikh Hasina, in reply, also thanked the UNDP for its support for restoration of democracy in Bangladesh through holding a peaceful and credible poll in Bangladesh.

In these connections, the Prime Minister said desired development was not taken place in Bangladesh as the military rulers ruled the country for a long time.

Referring to the climate change issue, the UNDP administrator assured Sheikh Hasina of its additional support for adaptation and mitigation programmes of the government for facing challenges
of climate change.

Ms. Helen also thanked Sheikh Hasina for successfully tackling the devastating floods of 1998.

About the CHT issue, Sheikh Hasina said her previous government had solved the problems politically and peace had been established in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) following the signing
of peace accord.

She said the present government is relentlessly working for socio-economic development of Bangladesh to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of people.

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, State Minister for Environment Dr Hasan Mahmud, Principal Secretary M A Karim, Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes and Permanent Representative Md. Abdul
Hannan was present on the occasion.

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Mr. Ataur Rahman serves as Bangladesh Correspondent for The Seoul Times. He earned his Master of Commerce degree from Dhaka University in 1985. Mr. Rahman has vast journalistic experience including his stints at "The Daily Janata" and "The Dainik Bangla."






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