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Statement at the Security Council by Ambassador Shen Guofang, Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the UN, on Strengthening Cooperation with Troop-contributing Countries

Mr. President,

First of all, the Chinese Delegation wishes to express its gratitude to you for presiding over this meeting and appreciation of the efforts made by the Delegation of Singapore for its convocation.

With a history of more than 50 years, United Nations peacekeeping operations have developed into a comprehensive and complex integrated project.  From the UN perspective, as the authorizer of peacekeeping operations and the central agency for making decisions for their set-up or deployment as well as the development of relevant policies and guidelines, the Security Council is at the core of all such operations from beginning to end.  And the Secretariat and troop-contributing countries have on their shoulder the important task of implementing the mandates of the Security Council. For many years, the troop-contributing countries' cooperation and support regarding UN peacekeeping operations have been an effective guarantee for Security Council's ability to perform its functions of maintaining international peace and security.  Their