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Statement by Mr. Li Linlin At the Sixth Committee of the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly On The Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization


Madam Chair,

The Special Committee on the Charter, as the only standing mechanism within the UN system for discussing issues related to the Charter of the United Nations and the strengthening of the role of the Organization, has played a positive role in safeguarding the authority of the Charter, maintaining international peace and security, and promoting peaceful settlement of disputes. The Chinese Delegation appreciates the work of the Special Committee.

At its annual session this year, the Special Committee continued its deliberation on the issue of assistance to third States affected by sanctions. The Chinese Delegation notes that in recent years, the Security Council has been continually improving working methods on sanctions with a shift toward targeted sanctions, which helped to reduce negative impacts on third States. However, given the strong impact and wide scope of sanction measures as well as their potential negative impact on third States, it is still of great relevance to establish a mechanism for assessing the impact of sanctions on third States or to explore feasible ways to assist them. The Chinese Delegation supports the continued consideration of this item by the Special Committee on a priority basis with a view to achieving progress and results as soon as possible.

With respect to improving the working methods and efficiency of the Special Committee, the Chinese Delegation is in favor of building on the work done by the Special Committee so far and continuing to explore new ideas and methods for improving its working methods and efficiency.

The Chinese Delegation supports the consideration by the Special Committee of new proposals that are relevant and feasible. In order to ensure the seriousness and propriety of the Committee's work, we maintain that in the absence of a clear mandate given by the GA, no new proposal should involve the amendment of the UN Charter, which can only be considered in an integrated manner and approached prudently within the overall framework of the reform of the UN.

Lastly, the Chinese Delegation appreciates the progress made by the Secretariat in compiling the Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs and expanding the Repertoire of Practice of the Security Council. China is now considering positively to make contribution to the relevant trust fund in 2011 and hopes that the Secretariat will make further efforts to ensure the synchronized publication of these two important reports in all UN official languages.

Thank you Madam Chair.

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