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State councilor proposes improvements to UN peacekeeping operations

Updated: Sep 26,2018 2:10 PM     Xinhua

UNITED NATIONS — State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made proposals on Sept 25 to a UN high-level meeting on the improvements to UN peacekeeping operations.

Attending the high-level meeting on Action for Peacekeeping during the 73rd Session of UN General Assembly, Wang said peacekeeping operations must be carried out with the consent of the concerned parties while abiding by the basic principles of UN Charter such as equal treatment to all countries’ sovereignties, non-interference in internal affairs and peaceful settlement.

It always stays at the core of the UN peacekeeping missions to settle international disputes by political means, said Wang, adding that mandating peacekeeping operations should be more practical and feasible.

Wang also attached great importance to follow-up conducts after the operations.

Peacekeeping operations should help create conducive environment for the sustainable development and lasting peace in the receiving country, said Wang.

He added that all parties concerned, including contributors of troops and police, funding nations and receiving nations, should work closely in these peacekeeping practices.

China supports the Declaration of Shared Commitments on UN Peacekeeping Operations and is willing to work with other countries in a joint effort to make the peacekeeping actions benefit every corner of the world, Wang added.

The Declaration of Shared Commitments on UN Peacekeeping is part of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ effort to renew collective action to strengthen support for UN peacekeeping operations, which has been endorsed by up to 131 countries.