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Statement by Ambassador Wang Min at the Security Council Briefing by Chairmen of Subsidiary Bodies of the Security Council

2014/05/28
 

I would like to thank Ambassador Murmokaitė, Ambassador Oh Joon and Ambassador Quinlan for their briefings. China appreciates the work of the three Committees under the leadership of those three representatives.

I would like to focus my statement on the question of anti-terrorism. Terrorism is the common enemy of humankind. Recent violent terrorist attacks in Nigeria, China and other countries have once again demonstrated that any terrorist act, regardless of when, where, by whom or for what motive it is committed, is a grave and inexcusable crime.

The international community must adopt a zero-tolerance attitude in the face of terrorism, separatism and extremism and firmly oppose and counter them. The United Nations should play a greater role in counter-terrorism. The Organization should apply clear-cut criteria on the question of counter-terrorism, oppose double standards and encourage the international community to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation in accordance with the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and international law.

China opposes efforts to link terrorism with any specific country, ethnic group or religion and supports enhanced dialogue among civilizations and the elimination of the breeding grounds for terrorism by various comprehensive means. China believes that terrorists and terrorist groups are currently using new information and technology, including incitement, recruitment, financing and planning through the Internet. The international community should be highly vigilant on this issue and seek appropriate solutions to it.

The Eastern Turkestan terrorist forces, led by the Eastern Turkestan Islamic Movement, are the most serious terrorist threat to China's national security. The Chinese Government will continue to take resolute action against those terrorists. We have the determination, the confidence and capability to fight them. These terrorists will never succeed, regardless of the purpose of their attacks.

The Counter-Terrorism Committee bears a very important responsibility in the fight against terrorism, and we support its implementation of its mandate and its continuing efforts to improve the implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions through measures such as the preliminary implementation assessment and by organizing relevant meetings and country visits. We hope it will continue to maintain a dialogue and communication with Member States, enhance its coordination and cooperation with other United Nations entities, and continue to help Member States build their capacity. China will continue to participate actively in international cooperation within the framework of the Council in order to fight the phenomenon of terrorism.

The Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999) and 1989 (2011) concerning Al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities represents an important tool for the United Nations and the Council in combating terrorism and imposing sanctions. We support its efforts to enhance communication with the countries concerned in listing and de-listing names and to review the sanctions lists as scheduled, in order to promote implementation of resolutions 1267 (1999) and 2083 (2012) and fulfill its mandate effectively. China supports the work of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team under the Committee's leadership, and we have taken note of the efforts of the Office of the Ombudsman to enhance the impartiality and transparency of the sanctions regime. We hope the membership will continue to support the work of the Committee and work together to maintain the authority, effectiveness and impartiality of the United Nations sanctions regime.

Resolution 1540 (2004) was the first Council resolution to be assigned the important role of preventing non-State actors from acquiring nuclear, chemical, biological and other weapons of mass destruction. This year marks its tenth anniversary, and earlier this month the Council held an open debate  at which it adopted a presidential statement that reflected the determination and commitment of the international community with regard to non-proliferation. The next step for all countries should be promoting the universal, comprehensive and balanced implementation of the resolution, and the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004) should do its part in that regard. China supports the work of the Committee in collecting reports from Member States, summarizing useful experiences in the implementation of the resolution and promoting international assistance and cooperation in accordance with its mandates. China is ready to work with all parties to enhance global governance in the area of non-proliferation and advance the international non-proliferation process in the interests of promoting universal security.

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