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Statement by Ambassador Liu Jieyi at the Security Council Debate on the Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina


I thank High Representative Inzko for his briefing and his report.

The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina has remained stable, and good progress has been made in economic development and the rule of law. China welcomes that progress and respects the independence, sovereignty, national unity and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It also respects the choice made by the Bosnian people with regard to the future of their country.

We support the harmonious coexistence of all ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina and their joint efforts for development. We hope that Bosnian people of all ethnic communities will consolidate the results achieved in the political process, solve their differences through dialogue, comprehensively implement the Dayton Peace Agreement and continue to advance the work ahead in various fields.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is an important country in the Balkans. Maintaining the peace and stability and promoting the economic and social development of Bosnia and Herzegovina are in the common interests of the international community, especially of the countries of the region. The international community should take a balanced and prudent approach with regard to the question of Bosnia and Herzegovina and seek and heed the views and concerns of all parties concerned.

China welcomes the efforts made by High Representative Inzko in advancing the political process in Bosnia and Herzegovina and hopes that he acts according to his mandate and continues to play a positive role in promoting the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement.

China welcomes the adoption by the Council of resolution 2123 (2013), which extends the mandate of the multinational stabilization force — the European-union-led Operation Althea, which we hope will continue to closely cooperate with the armed forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina and play a constructive role in maintaining the peace and stability of the country.

China is willing to work with the international community and continue to make its due contribution to the realization of lasting peace, stability and development in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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