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Explanatory Statement by H.E. Ambassador Wang Guangya, Permanent Representative of China to the UN, on Draft Resolution on Myanmar at the Security Council


Mr. President,

China is firmly opposed to adopting the draft resolution on Myanmar by the Security Council. In order to avoid taking vote on the draft, China has engaged in extensive discussions and consultations with all Council members, especially the sponsor. Regrettably, our suggestions and goodwill failed to prevail. Today's meeting is the last option that China wishes to see. Before the vote, China would therefore reiterate the following principled positions.

First, like the rest of the international community, China sincerely hopes that Myanmar enjoys economic development, social harmony, rule of law and inclusive democracy. This is in the interest of the Myanmar people, all countries in Southeast Asia and the entire international community. Undeniably, Myanmar is now faced with many challenges in political, economic and social areas, and some problems are quite serious. But no country is perfect and every country will have to go through a process of constant improvement. Therefore, China supports the continuing efforts of the Myanmar government and all parties in the country for inclusive dialogues and national reconciliation. So far, the international community and ASEAN in particular have offered many constructive recommendations to Myanmar, which could serve as important parameters for improving the situation in the country. China sincerely hopes and expects that the Myanmar government would give due considerations to these recommendations, listen to the call of its own people, learn from the good practice of others, and speed up the process of dialogues and reforms, so as to achieve prosperity for its nation, bring benefit to its people and contribute to peace, stability and development in Southeast Asia.

Secondly, China encourages and supports the Secretary-General's good offices under the mandate of the General Assembly. In recent years, there is rising interest and concern by international community on Myanmar, which is quite understandable. China always believes that the United Nations can play a constructive role in this regard. Thanks to the efforts by various parties, Under Secretary-General Gambari paid, at Myanmar's sincere invitation, two visits to the country, had frank talks with Myanmar leaders and achieved certain progress. While the UN Secretariat is at the transitional period, China supports the Secretary-General to appoint his special representative on Myanmar as soon as possible. We are also looking forward to another visit by Mr. Gambari, and hope that he would continue his dialogue with Myanmar and enhance the mutual trust and confidence. As Mr. Gambari emphasized in his briefing to the Security Council last November, Secretary-General's good offices are a process of dialogues and engagement, which needs time