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Statement by Ambassador Wang Guangya at the Security Council's Public Meeting on Bosnia and Herzegovina
(March 23, 2005)

2005/03/23


I would like to begin by thanking Lord Ashdown for his report and for his supplementary briefing. I also appreciate the efforts he has made in promoting the peace process in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

We are pleased to note that, since the second half of last year, the Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities have carried out much positive work and have achieved a great deal in the field of consolidating national authority, economic recovery and reconstruction, accelerated institutional reform, facilitating refugee return and national reconciliation and inculcating the rule of law. We express our appreciation for all its achievements. The Office of the High Representative has also played a positive facilitating role in those areas. We welcome the smooth handover from the Stabilization Force (SFOR) to the European Force (EUFOR). We believe that the European Union (EU) will make a useful contribution towards the maintenance of stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement. Thanks to the efforts exerted by all sides in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the assistance of the international community, welcome progress has been made in all areas of national reconstruction in that country. These achievements in the Bosnia and Herzegovina peace process are hard won and should be cherished by all sides. We expect all sides in Bosnia and Herzegovina to further advance mutual trust and solidarity in order to lead their people, of all ethnicities, on the road to peaceful coexistence and common development. China has consistently been concerned with the development of the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and, together with the international community, we will extend our own efforts for the achievement of lasting peace and economic development in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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