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Statement by Ambassador Li Baodong, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, at the Security Council Debate on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

2012/03/20
 

I wish to thank Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ján Kubiš for his briefing. I also wish to thank Mr. Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan, for his statement.

Currently, peace building in Afghanistan is at a crucial juncture. As decided by the international Conference on Afghanistan held in Bonn in December 2011, Afghanistan will enter a transformation decade starting in 2015. The continuous promotion of the transitional process of peaceful reconstruction aimed at laying down a sound basis for the transformation decade is an important task that must be taken up by the people and the Government of Afghanistan. China welcomes the positive efforts made and the results achieved in national reconstruction by the Afghan Government.

We support Afghanistan’s strengthening of its efforts in the political, security, development and rule of law fields, in promoting national reconciliation and the Kabul process and in implementing the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Programme. We support Afghan national institutions in their efforts to comprehensively assume responsibilities in various fields, especially in gradually taking over the onerous task of maintaining national security. We support Afghanistan in actively committing itself to economic development and national reconstruction and in working to develop friendly and cooperative relations with other countries, especially countries in the region.

Peace building in Afghanistan cannot be accomplished without the help and support of the international community. We hope that the international community will fully respect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, adhere to the principles of Afghan leadership and ownership, develop in-depth partnerships with Afghanistan and provide constructive help for national reconciliation and the reconstruction of the country.

We hope that the parties involved in implementing the plan for withdrawal from Afghanistan will fully take into account the situation on the ground and execute that implementation in an appropriate and responsible manner while ensuring the security and stability of Afghanistan and helping the country to further strengthen capacity-building in the security field.

We call upon the international community to devote greater attention to the economic reconstruction of Afghanistan, honour the relevant commitments in an effective manner and increase assistance according to the national priority programmes formulated by Afghanistan so as to promote the country’s sustainable development with a view to addressing the root causes of the turbulence in Afghanistan. We express our concern at the recent incidents, such as the burning of the Koran and the shooting of civilians, and hope that the issues concerned can be resolved properly.

We would like to express our appreciation for the active efforts made by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to maintain peace and stability and promote national reconciliation in the country. We support the recommendation of the Secretary-General to extend the mandate of UNAMA for another year and support the United Nations in continuing to play a central role in coordinating international assistance for the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

As a friendly neighbour of Afghanistan, China has played an active role in supporting, promoting and participating in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. We will continue to provide assistance to the best of our ability and, together with the rest of the international community, make our due contribution to the early realization of lasting peace and sustainable development in Afghanistan.

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