Wang Yi: Reform on UN Peacekeeping Must Comply with Purposes and Principles of the UN Charter

On September 20, 2017 local time, at a high-level Security Council meeting on United Nations peacekeeping operations, Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed that China supports reasonable and necessary UN peacekeeping reform that complies with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, so as to better and more thoroughly carry out the mandates of the UN.

Wang Yi said that the purposes and principles of the UN Charter serve as the foundation for UN peacekeeping. The general principle of basic norms governing international relations such as sovereignty equality, non-interference in other countries' internal affairs and the peaceful settlement of international disputes as well as the peacekeeping guidelines formulated on the basis of these principles must be strictly followed.

The central purpose of peacekeeping is to promote political solutions. The peaceful settlement of disputes through political means is a fundamental principle of the UN Charter. Peacekeeping operations must follow the principle of political settlement priority and make scientific overall plan in accordance with specific conditions on the ground.

Building partnerships is the backup force of peacekeeping. Initiative of the countries concerned, troops-contributing countries and money-contributing countries should be mobilized and functions of regions and sub-regions should be given full play in a bid to build close partnerships.

Realizing sustainable development is an effective solution of peacekeeping. We should create a secure and stable environment through peacekeeping reform to realize sustainable development and eradicate root causes of disputes such as poverty in the countries concerned.

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