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Wang Yi Attends Commemorative Activities for the 70th Anniversary of the Signing of the Geneva Conventions

2019/09/24

On September 23, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended commemorative activities for the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Conventions at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, the United States.

Wang Yi said, this year marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Conventions. 196 countries have acceded to the Geneva Conventions, conveying the belief that peace and tranquility are always the goal of mankind. Even in the face of the most brutal circumstances, efforts must be made to adhere to the humane bottom line of respect for life. Since the world today faces various kinds of humanitarian crises, we need to pass on the ideas of humanity and fraternity as well as the spirit of dedication, so as to send love and hope to the innocent people caught in deep trouble.

Wang Yi expressed, as one of the first countries to accede to the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, China has always taken an active part in international humanitarian responsibility and has helped more than 100 countries tide over humanitarian crises. We advocate that in humanitarian actions, we should uphold the principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence, and avoid the politicization of humanitarian issues and militarization of humanitarian assistance. The UN should play a better role in mobilizing and coordinating international humanitarian assistance. The effective conflict prevention and the peaceful settlement of disputes are the fundamental ways to solve international humanitarian problems. Let us work together to this end.

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