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Wang Yi Holds a Video Meeting with Co-Chairs of Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform of 75th Session of UN General Assembly

On January 27, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a video meeting with Co-Chairs of Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform of the 75th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, Joanna Wronecka, Permanent Representative of Poland, and Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar in Beijing.

Wang Yi congratulated Wronecka and Al-Thani on serving as co-chairs of the Intergovernmental Negotiations and said that China will fully support their work.

Wang Yi said, the reform of the Security Council bears on the future development of the UN and the vital interests of the general membership. Reform should reflect fairness and justice, increase the representation and voice of developing countries, allow more small and medium-sized countries to participate in the decision-making of the Security Council, and correct historical injustices to Africa. Reform must follow the principles of the rule of law and maintain intergovernmental negotiations, the only legal platform authorized by the UN General Assembly to discuss issues concerning Security Council reform. Reform should reflect the leadership of member states, adhere to extensive democratic consultations, gradually accumulate consensus, and find a "package" solution acceptable to all parties. Reform must remain stable and orderly, effectively safeguard the unity of member states, and safeguard the prestige of the UN.

Wronecka and Al-Thani appreciated China's efforts to safeguard multilateralism and strengthen the role of the UN. They introduced the first Intergovernmental Negotiation on Security Council Reform of the General Assembly. They said they would continue to listen to the opinions of member states, maintain close communication with all member states, including China, strive to build consensus, and promote the reform of the Security Council in a manner that best suits the interests of the majority of member states.

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