Chinese foreign ministry on Thursday (March 28) in an official statement asserted that a “comprehensive and through” assessment is needed before blacklisting Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and adding him to the sanctions regime of the United Nations Security Council.
“This is not in line with the resolution of the issue through dialogue and negotiations. This has reduced the authority of the Committee as a main anti-terrorism body of the UNSC and this is not conducive to the solidarity and only complicates the issue,” said the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang.
As recently as on March 13, Beijing had put a “technical hold” on a US, UK, and France-backed resolution to list Azhar as a global terrorist at the 1267 sanctions committee focussed on anti-terrorism. “We urge the US to act cautiously and avoid forcefully moving forward this resolution draft,” Geng said. “Since China needs more time to conduct an in-depth and comprehensive review, we put forward a technical hold to the relevant listing on March 13th. This is in line with the rule of procedures of this committee and there are some precedent cases of such technical holds,” he added.
“The listing of Masood involves a series of complex factors and China has also been working to seek proper solutions through dialogue and consensus. The Security Council should act in a prudent way to play a constructive role and create necessary time and space for the relevant parties to conduct dialogue and negotiations,” he said.
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17 November, 2019