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Wang Yi: the United Nations and its Security Council have to play a leading role in the global war on terrorism

2014/09/25

Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointed out, when speaking at the UN Security Council Summit on Terrorism on September 24, that the United Nations and its Security Council have to play a leading role in the global war on terrorism.

Wang Yi underlined that with terrorism rising its ugly head once again, we must adhere to the practices that have been proven effective and abide by international law and norms governing international relations.

First, we must ensure sound coordination. The United Nations and its Security Council have to play a leading role in the global war on terrorism. This is the only way to maintain unity, achieve effective coordination and take concerted actions.

Second, we must adopt a multi-pronged approach. The global war on terrorism should be fought with an integrated approach that includes measures taken in the political, security, economic, financial, intelligence and ideological fields with a view to addressing both the symptoms and root causes of terrorism, especially removing its root causes and breeding ground. Military actions must comply with the UN Charter and the relevant Security Council resolutions.

Third, we must follow a consistent standard. Any act of terrorism, in whatever form, whenever and wherever it is committed, and whomever or whatever it is targeted against, must be fought resolutely. No double standards should be adopted, still less should terrorism be identified with any particular ethnic group or religion.

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