New UN chief meeting Bush in Washington next week

The new UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, said he is going to Washington next week to see US President George W. Bush and discuss the need for strong US participation at the United Nations. Ban on Wednesday said the United Nations and the United States share the same goals and ideals - "peace and prosperity, an enhancement of human rights, promotion of democracy and market economy." Answering questions after a speech to the Business Council for the United Nations and the Association for a Better New York, he noted that at times the US and UN agendas and priorities have not been the same, but even then, he said, both sides tried to bridge differences.