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UN Security Council Observes Minute of Silence for Comrade Jiang Zemin

2022-12-03 21:07

On November 30, 2022, the UN Security Council observed a minute of silence in memory of Comrade Jiang Zemin. UN Secretary-General António Guterres made a statement on the same day to express deep sadness for the passing of Comrade Jiang Zemin.

On the morning of November 30, the UN Security Council held a meeting chaired by Ghanaian Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Harold Agyeman, in his capacity as president of the council for the month of November. At the beginning of the meeting, Agyeman, on behalf of the council members, expressed their deepest condolences on the passing of Jiang Zemin. Agyeman said, Jiang Zemin will be remembered by the international community for his outstanding dedication to global peace, security and development, and for his role in China's reform and opening-up, modernization drive, and economic development. As proposed by Agyeman, all present in the council chamber stood and observed a minute of silence in memory of Jiang Zemin.

Agyeman then invited the Chinese representative to speak. Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Geng Shuang thanked the UN Security Council for arranging the minute of silence. Geng Shuang said that the passing of Comrade Jiang Zemin is an immeasurable loss to the Communist Party of China, the Chinese government and the Chinese people. He made outstanding contributions to the development and progress of the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics and to friendly and cooperative relations between China and other countries in the world.

The Security Council then adopted a resolution on non-proliferation by a vote in accordance with the established agenda of the meeting. In their explanation of vote after the adoption of the resolution, the representatives of Russia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mexico, Ireland, Norway, Albania and Ghana all first expressed their condolences over the passing of Jiang Zemin and extended sympathies to the Chinese government and Jiang Zemin's family. The Russian representative said, Jiang Zemin is an outstanding statesman, who contributed to China's tremendous achievements in economic and social development and greatly enhanced China's international standing. The UAE representative said, Jiang Zemin's contributions to China's economic prosperity and stability will always be remembered. The Ghanaian representative said, Jiang Zemin made important contributions to China's progress and prosperity and to global peace and development.

Earlier in the day, António Guterres made a statement to express deep sadness for the passing of Jiang Zemin, and on behalf of the United Nations, extended sincere sympathy to Jiang Zemin's family and to the Chinese government and people. According to the statement, Jiang Zemin was a steadfast advocate for China's engagement in international affairs. His tenure was marked by substantial economic progress and China's successful accession to the World Trade Organization.

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