China calls on Iran panel of experts to stick to impartiality, objectivity and independence

10:23, June 10, 2011      

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The panel of experts on Iran sanction should work in accordance with the mandate given by relevant resolution and under the principles of impartiality, objectivity and independence, Li Baodong, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations said on Thursday.

Li made the remarks as he addressed a UN Security Council meeting, in which a resolution extending the mandate of the panel was adopted.

The resolution was adopted with 14 voting in favor and one abstention. Lebanon, a non-permanent Council member, abstained from the voting on the draft resolution presented by Britain, France, Germany and the United States.

The current mandate of the panel of experts was set to expire on Thursday, which the Council renewed till June 9, 2012.

Li said that as part of the Council's sanction regime, the panel should "work in strict accordance with the mandate given by the Resolution 1929, under the direction of the sanction committee, as well as under the principles of impartiality, objectivity and independence."

"The resolution just adopted has further emphasized the above principles and requirements as well as the importance of credible,fact-based, independent assessments, analysis and recommendations in accordance with the panel's mandate," Li said.

Li stressed that China hopes the panel will strictly follow the above principles and requirements, play its role in promoting the comprehensive and effective implementation of relevant Council resolution.

Source: Xinhua
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