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Statement by H.E. Ambassador HU Xiaodi at the Eleventh Session of the Group of Governmental Experts of the States Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons
2005/08/02

Mr. Chairman,

The Chinese delegation welcomes you and the two Coordinators to continue to preside over this session of the Meeting of the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE). We would like to assure you our continued full support and cooperation.

[MOTAPM]

Mr. Chairman,

On the issue of MOTAPM, we share a common objective in principle to seek an appropriate solution. Through five years' strenuous efforts, the GGE has achieved some progress, but there is still a long way to go before the ultimate goal can be achieved.

The Chinese delegation is of the view that the reason why the issue of MOTAPM remains unsolved for such a long time is quite complicated. One of the most important causes is that there exist divergent views among us with regard to the concept and approach of addressing the problem. To resolve such divergence, it is necessary to review the following basic facts:

Firstly, the humanitarian concerns caused by MOTAPM are by no means comparable with those caused by Anti-Personnel Landmines (APL).

Secondly, as legitimate and effective weapons for national defense, MOTAPM still have important military utility. Many countries use MOTAPM for border defense, including the preventing of terrorists from crossing the border, so as to safeguard social stability and people's security. This itself is an important humanitarian concern.

Thirdly, the Amended Protocol II (APII) of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) has adopted appropriate, rational and effective provisions on MOTAPM. Should the APII be universally and strictly observed, the issue of MOTAPM can be properly addressed.

Fourthly, due to different security environment, military doctrines and economic and technological capabilities among various countries, there exists vast divergence on proposals concerning technical specifications about detectability and self-destruction, self-neutralization and self-deactivation of MOTAPM.

Fifthly, the humanitarian concerns caused by MOTAPM can be addressed through multiple approaches instead of in a single way.