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UAAA president stresses joint efforts to combat global warming.

ISLAMABAD -- President of the Union of Asian Alpine Association (UAAA) Dr. In-Jeong Lee Wednesday stressed for concerted efforts to tackle the issue of global warming.

"The global warming is of great concern for UAAA. The issue requires unity and endeavours on part of all to come up with strategies to halt the trend of receding glaciers in the mountain region of Asia," he told.

Lee, who had come to Islamabad to attend a two-day meeting of UAAA General Council said he believed that united efforts would help bring positive outcome to combat global warming.

"It must be remembered that close cooperation is the call of the day for achieving the results according to the UAAA objective or the plan of action," he said.

The UAAA General Council meeting that concluded on Tuesday here at a local hotel also re-elected In-Jeong Lee its president for another term of four years. As many as 27 delegates from eight Asian countries attended the meeting, which was organized by Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP).

Lee termed the meeting productive and fruitful and said that besides other issues environmental protection and ecological conservation of mountains and forestry came under the discussion during the meeting. "We discussed a host of issues, including mountain protection, environment, youth activities and skill development in the member countries. Overall it was a fruitful meeting," he added.

To a question he said that the role of UAAA was vital as its members included the leading mountaineers and leaders who understand the ground reality of mountaineering, mountain environment and mountain people of their respective countries.

"Though the headway has been made in the past, still greater efforts are needed to promote mountaineering," he maintained.

The UAAA President appreciated the ACP for making the meeting a successful event. He said this was his fourth visit to Pakistan adding that he was totally spellbound by the magnificent mountains as well as hospitality of Pakistani people. "All the attendees were also impressed by the hospitality and local cuisine," he remarked.

Referring towards the killing of around 10 mountaineers in June this year at a base camp near Nanga Parbat, he said that mountaineers were peace loving and harmless people and their killing in this way was condemnable. He said that he was hopeful that the government of Pakistan would take all possible measures and ensure that such incidents do not take place in the future.
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Date:Oct 3, 2013
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