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China supports UN in strengthening conflict prevention: envoy
June 13,2019   By:Xinhua
UNITED NATIONS, June 13, 2019 -- Chinese Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ma Zhaoxu said Wednesday that China supports the world body in its efforts to strengthen conflict prevention.
 
"We support the secretary-general's reform initiatives in the field of peace and security, including increasing the UN's commitment and input in conflict prevention," Ma said.
 
The Chinese diplomat made the remarks at a Security Council meeting focusing on conflict prevention and mediation, where UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also stressed the importance of conflict prevention in reducing human suffering.
 
Conflicts tend to have a variety of deep-seated causes, such as extreme poverty, imbalanced development, lack of resources, and ethnic and tribal conflicts, Ma said, stressing that conflict prevention must focus on tackling the root causes.
 
Among these matters, he said, the issue of development is of paramount importance.
 
All countries should firmly take development as the first priority and persist in jointly promoting the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Ma added.
 
He urged efforts to enhance the capacity of developing countries for indigenous development and eliminate and reduce poverty on a global scale so as to lay the foundation for conflict prevention.