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China: UNSC's role irreplaceable
Updated: 2005-09-15 09:33

UNITED NATIONS -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Wednesday that the past decades have shown that the UN Security Council has indeed had an irreplaceable role to play in resolving major global and regional issues bearing on world peace and security.

He said the world is far from a tranquil place as border disputes, territorial conflicts, regional strife and other traditional security concerns continue unabated and non-traditional ones, such as poverty, terrorism, transnational crimes and deadly communicable diseases, keep cropping up.

In order to maintain peace, "we should make sure that the Security Council is able to discharge its responsibility under the Charter." said Hu.

He proposed his four-point opinion in this regard.

The first is to uphold the Council's authority by adhering to multilateralism and when it comes to major issues bearing on world peace and security, the Council should be left to judge on the merits of the actual situation and act collectively in accordance with the UN Charter.

The second is to improve the Council's efficiency so as to respond to threats more effectively. China supports an enhanced role of the Security Council in responding to terrorism and other non-traditional security threats, and closer cooperation between the UN and other international or regional organizations in the interest of sharing resources, advantages and strength and responsibilities.

The third is to improve the Council's decision-making by giving greater expression to democratic principles. China stands for an enlarged Security Council based on a broad consensus, and increased representation of developing countries, African countries in particular, thus giving more countries, especially the small and medium-sized countries greater access to its decision-making.

The fourth is to pay closer attention to African concerns and increase the Council's input accordingly.

Hu said China has always supported the United Nations in building a new security consensus and maintaining the central roleof the Security Council in the world's collective security mechanism.

China is ready to work with other member states in advancing the lofty cause of peace and development, noted Hu.

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