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Mandate of UN Security Council resolution cannot be willfully interpreted: China


08:13, September 20, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- The mandate of the UN Security Council's resolutions cannot be willfully interpreted, said Li Baodong, China's permanent representative to the UN on Wednesday after he abstained from a vote on a draft resolution on the protection of children in armed conflicts.

The Council adopted the resolution with 11 votes in favor. China, Russia, Pakistan and Azerbaijan abstained.

Li said in his explanatory speech after the vote that children and armed conflicts is an important item for the Security Council.

However, this draft resolution failed to accommodate the reasonable concerns of the Council members, and at the same time, it was hastily put into vote without adequate consultations, he said.

"China finds it difficult to support this draft resolution which leads to serious differences among the members of the Council," he said.

The resolution "strongly condemns" all violations of applicable international law involving the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict as well as killing, abduction, attacks on schools and hospitals. In accordance with the UN Charter and the relevant resolutions of the Council, the Security Council should focus on the protection of children in the situation of armed conflicts, Li said.

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