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Statement by Ambassador WU Haitao after Voting on the Japanese Draft Resolution on JIM

2017/11/17

The situation in Syria is at a critical stage. The political process is facing important opportunities. Any action taken on the Syrian issue must focus on further advancing the overall political process and strive for long-term stability and security in that country. We have repeatedly explained our position on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM). Significant differences persist among Council Members on the issue. It is imperative for the parties to remain calm, exercise restraint and find an appropriate solution that is acceptable to all through patient consultations.

Given the major differences among Council Members, forcing a vote does not contribute to resolving the issue of chemical weapons in Syria or serve to safeguard the unity and authority of the Council, nor does it help to advance the political process in Syria. China felt that it had to abstain in voting on draft resolution S/2017/970. We once again regret the division seen on the Council today.

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