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President Chen Signs a Joint Communique with Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) President Chen Shui-bian signed a joint communique with Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore Tuesday, pledging to expand bilateral cooperation in various fields. 

In the communique, President Chen said he is hopeful that Compaore can play an intermediary role to help the Republic of China forge contacts with other African countries. 

For his part, Compaore expressed his gratitude for all the assistance the ROC has extended to his country over past years. He also reaffirmed his government's commitment to supporting the ROC's bid to join the United Nations and other major international organizations. 

The two senior leaders said in the communique that they are satisfied with the results of various existing cooperative projects between the two countries and pledged to further beef up cooperative ties. 

Chen and Compaore also expressed their common concern about the adverse impact on developing countries of recent changes in the general world economic situation, particularly the economic globalization. 

They urged the international community to work together to establish a fair, just and stable world economic order. On the current African situation, the two heads of state said they are worried about the crises and confrontation in several African states. 

"We hope the international community and all relevant African countries can resolve disputes through peaceful dialogue and consultations based on the principles of respecting national independence, sovereignty and dignity," they said in the communique, adding they will join forces to push for peace, stability and security in Africa. 

Turning to the Asia-Pacific region, President Chen said the ROC will dedicate itself to helping maintain regional political and economic stability and sustainable growth. 


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