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Remarks by Ambassador Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the UN, at the Security Council Debate on the Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina


I would like to thank Mr. Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, for his


At the moment, the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is generally calm. China commends the progress made by Bosnia and Herzegovina in safeguarding peace, achieving national reconciliation, rebuilding the economy and establishing the rule of law. We welcome the agreements concluded by the parties through dialogue and consultation, the formation of the Council of Ministers and the signing of an agreement on the ownership of defence and State property.

China respects the independence, sovereignty, national unity and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We also respect the choice of its people on the future of the country. We support the harmonious coexistence of its many ethnicities in seeking common development. We hope that the country's various ethnic groups will proceed from a concern for the well-being of the nation and its longterm interests. We also hope that they will resolve their differences through dialogue and enhanced mutual political trust, promote national reconciliation, implement the comprehensive Dayton Peace Agreement and work towards accelerated progress in all areas.

China welcomes the efforts made by High Representative Inzko to promote the political process in the country. We hope that, in accordance with his mandate, he will continue to play a positive and constructive role in implementing the Dayton Peace Agreement. We have noted the decision to reduce the size of the European Union Force (EUFOR). We hope EUFOR will expand its support for the Armed Forces of Bosnia Herzegovina so that the country can soon assume comprehensive responsibility for safeguarding its sovereignty, security and stability.

Maintaining peace and stability in the country and promoting its economic and social growth are common interests of all parties concerned. At the same time, the question of Bosnia Herzegovina is complex and sensitive. It does not only involve the country itself, but also the peace and stability of the entire Balkan region. When dealing with this issue, the international community should exercise prudence and listen attentively to the views and concerns of all countries. China will work with the international community and continue to provide support and assistance, within our capacity, to help the country achieve lasting peace, stability and development.

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