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Statement by Ambassador Wang Min at the Security Council Debate on the Situation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

2013-05-14 23:55

Mr. President,

I thank High Representative Inzko for his briefing.

China welcomes the achievements made by Bosnia and Herzegovina in promoting national reconciliation and economic development and in building the rule of law. We have also noted that Bosnia and Herzegovina still faces difficulties and challenges in attaining stability and development in the country. We hope that people of all ethnic groups in the country will focus on the welfare and long-term interests of the country, take effective measures to build mutual political confidence, promote national reconciliation, consolidate the achievements made in the political process and actively settle differences through dialogue and comprehensively implement the Dayton Peace Agreement in order to bring about greater progress in all areas.

China respects the independence, sovereignty, national unity and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We respect the choice made by its people regarding their country’s future. We support ethnic groups’ living in harmony and seeking common development. Maintaining peace and stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina and promoting its economic and social development are in keeping with the interests of all the parties concerned.

China supports the international community in playing a constructive role and calls upon the international community to continue its support and assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Meanwhile, the question of Bosnia and Herzegovina is highly complex and sensitive, as it involves not only the country itself but also peace and stability in the entire Balkan region. The international community should adopt a prudent attitude on the question and make greater efforts to hear the views and concerns of the parties involved.

China welcomes the efforts made by Mr. Inzko to promote the political process in Bosnia and Herzegovina and hopes that, based on his mandate, he will continue to play an active and constructive role in promoting the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement. China is ready to join the international community in continuing its due contribution to achieving durable peace, stability and development in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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