|Remarks by Ambassador Geng Shuang at the UN Security Council Meeting on the Performance of Duty by the Secretariat|
I thank USG Soares for his briefing.
I understand that the topic of today's meeting is about the performance of duties by the Secretariat. I will start with this issue. The Charter of the United Nations establishes corresponding regulations for the Secretariat and its staff in the performance of their duties. According to Article 100 of the Charter, the Secretariat staff shall not seek or receive instructions from any government or from any authority external to the Organization. They shall refrain from any action which might reflect their position. The duties of the Secretariat staff are of an “exclusively international character”. And Member States shall respect and not seek to influence the Secretariat in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Adherence to the relevant provisions of Article 100 of the Charter is an important guarantee of the Secretariat's impartiality in carrying out its duties. The Secretariat shall work within its mandate, strengthen communication with Member States, do more that contributes to enhancing mutual trust and maintaining unity among Member States and to handle differences of opinions among Member States in a fair and cautious manner.
Many Council members have just mentioned the issue of the implementation of the Security Council resolution 2231. The purpose of this very resolution is to endorse JCPOA. As the negotiations to resume compliance with the JCPOA has reached the final stage, all parties should exercise rational restraint and accurately interpret the provisions of the Security Council resolution 2231 and related documents, so as to avoid adding further complications to the negotiations and undermining the hard-won results of the negotiations.
China has taken note of the letters sent to the Council by Russia, Ukraine, the US, the UK, France and other relevant relevant parties on the transfer of UAVs. China has also noted the different interpretations of the Secretariat's mandate as set out in the President’s Note S/2016/44. In light of the obvious differences, the Council members should continue consultations to seek to define clearly how the Secretariat should carry out its mandate and avoid hasty actions that would undermine the unity of the council.
I thank you, Mr. President.