Friday, May 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Germany optimistic about UN reforms

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said this Thursday in Mexico City that the European Union and Latinamerica will press for reforms in the United Nations with the purpose of giving the world organization a greater action capability.

Mr. Schroeder who arrived in Mexico to participate in the two days EU-Latinamerica summit to be held in Guadalajara anticipated that a broad agreement on the UN issue will be reached.

The German Chancellor recalled that during the Iraq crisis Germany and France worked closely with Mexico, Brazil and Chile in the UN Security Council, and "this mutual trust and cooperation must further advance".

"Multilateralism and fighting hunger in Latinamerica with EU aid are also in the agenda".

Further on Mr. Schroeder said he was optimistic about the ongoing EU-Mercosur free trade talks which, "will considerably advance in Guadalajara and hopefully leading to the official signing of the accord next October".

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