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Statement by H.E. Ambassador Liu Zhenmin at the Third Committee of the 64th Session of UNGA on Crime prevention, criminal justice and International drug control ( Items 104 and 105)

2009/10/07

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Liu Zhenmin, Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, at the Third Committee of the 64th Session of UNGA on Crime prevention , criminal justice and International drug control ( Items 104 and 105)

(7th October 2009, New York)

Mr. Chairman,

Over the past year, the international community has continued to achieve positive results in preventing and combating transnational crimes. The UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, the UN Convention against Corruption and the three conventions on narcotic drugs (1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and 1988 United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) have established the international legal regime for preventing and combating transnational crime and laid down the basis for global governance architecture. Discussions among the parties on the return of corruption-related assets under the Convention against Corruption and the implementation mechanism of the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime have steadily developed in depth. Meanwhile, however, international terrorist activities, transnational organized crime, and drug production and trafficking are interwoven, with their global, syndicating, networking and diversified characters becoming ever more prominent. The international community still has a long way to go in system and capacity building in the area of preventing and combating transnational crime.

Mr. Chairman,

Strengthening international cooperation is the fundamental way to effectively prevent and combat transnational organized crime. Such cooperation should be based on the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty, equality and mutual benefit. Consideration should be given to the needs of the developing countries and efforts made to help them with their capacity building. Countries should endeavor to tap the potentials of carrying out cooperation under the relevant conventions in such fields as extradition, judicial assistance, asset recovery and technical assistance. China supports the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Commission on Crime Prevention a