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China opposes forced voting on UNSC reform

China has sought democratic consultations to meet the interests of all member states.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 19:36 IST

China on Tuesday opposed "forced voting" on a draft resolution to revamp the UN Security Council.

It has sought democratic consultations to meet the interests of all member states.

"We are opposed to forced voting on any draft resolution that still faces strongly divided opinions," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said while commenting on media reports that Japan, one of the G4 members has come out with a draft resolution on UNSC reforms.

While stating that he has not seen the Japanese draft resolution, Kong said China, a permanent member of the UNSC, has a clear position on the reform of the top UN organ.

"We support the efforts to increase the authority and efficiency of the UNSC through reform. The reform of the UNSC should give priority to the increase of representation of developing countries and give greater opportunity to the mid-sized and small countries to participate in the decision-making of the Security Council.

"The reform should properly address of the interests of all parties concerned. Any decision on the reform should be made on the basis of broad consensus via democratic consultation and full discussion," he said.

Kong said that Chinese Foreign Ministry officials had discussed the UNSC reform with the Deputy Vice-Minister for Foreign Policy of Japanese Foreign Ministry Kono Masaharu in December last year.

During the discussions, the two sides briefed each other on their views on the UN reform, including on the reform of the Security Council, he said adding that no further meetings were held on the matter between the two countries.

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 19:36 IST