|Statement by Ambassador LIU Jieyi at the Security Council Silence in Memory of Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia|
China is deeply shocked at and regrets the untimely passing of Ambassador Churkin. We express our deep sorrow at his passing and offer our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and the Government and the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation.
As the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation for over 10 years, Ambassador Churkin was an able, experienced and senior diplomat. He made enormous contributions to the United Nations and multilateralism. He worked right up to the last minute of his life as an exemplar of dedication and professionalism, and was thus an outstanding representative of diplomats. We are deeply saddened by his passing, which is a loss for the entire United Nations diplomatic corps. Ambassador Churkin was a good friend to many of us present here. He was sincere and kind. Although we mourn his passing, his memory will remain with us forever. He will be deeply missed. May you rest in peace, Vitaly!
China joins with the Russian Federation and other Council members in playing an active role in upholding multilateralism and the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, the maintenance of international peace and the promotion of common development.
(Photo by LI Muzi, Xinhua News Agency)