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Remarks by Ambassador Wang Guangya at Meeting on "Uniting for Consensus"

2005-04-11 00:00

At the outset, I wish to thank the Hon. Gianfranco Fini, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minster of Italy, for holding this working lunch. It is a great pleasure for me to be invited to today's gathering. Last week, delegates voiced out their views at the GA on SG's report, including the issue on Security Council reform. I also stated China's position at that occasion. Today, I will refrain from repeating what has been said, and only make three brief points.

First, I believe "uniting for consensus" is a very important and right direction, and today's meeting marks a step towards that direction. China embraces this initiative and supports all efforts made in this regard. It is my hope that by pooling our wisdom and making vigorous efforts, we would work out a concensused option, which is able to address the concerns of all countries and regional groups. To realize this objective, it is essential for all of us to show political determination, generate collective wisdom, further explore intellectual creativeness and demonstrate adequate patience as well as flexibility.

Secondly, the two formulas proposed by the High-level Panel are undoubtedly important contributions, but there has appeared serious cleavage among different parties in terms of their pros and cons. So we believe that the discussions should not be confined to these two formulas only. We need to broaden our horizons and give equal importance to other proposals and ideas. China holds an open attitude towards any options that will help bridge the gap and consolidate unity among UN Member States.

Thirdly, during last week's deliberations, many countries expressed their position of not favoring setting up an artificial time limit for the Council reform. This fully reinforces the necessity and importance of making every possible effort to seek compromise and reach consensus. China's position remains clear. We believe that on such an important issue, it is unwise to impose a deadline and force a vote. It will neither contribute to the unity among UN Members in preparing the forthcoming September Summit, nor help to reinforce Council's authority.

I wish to apologize for unable to continue to attend the meeting, because as the current president of the Council, I have to chair its consultations this afternoon. I hope that through today's meeting and discussions, you will further enhance the efforts for reaching consensus on Council's reform and make contributions to future discussion in the GA.

Thank you for your patience.

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