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China raps USA's direct UNSC motion

Beijing: China on Thursday urged the USA not to complicate the listing of Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by "forcefully moving" a resolution directly in the UNSC, undermining the authority of the UN's main anti-terrorism body.

The US, supported by France and the UK, has moved a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to blacklist the Pakistan-based terror group's chief, two weeks after China put a hold on a proposal to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council.

Asked about the development, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing that Washington move only complicates the issue. "This is not in line with resolution of the issue through dialogue and negotiations. This has reduced the authority of the Committee as a main anti-terrorism body of the UNSC and this is not conducive to the solidarity and only complicates the issue.

"We urge the US to act cautiously and avoid forcefully moving forward this draft resolution," Geng said. "Since China needs more time to conduct in-depth and comprehensive review, we put a technical hold to the relevant listing on March 13," he said, referring to the previous move by France, the US and the UK."

"This is in line with the rules and procedure of the committee and there are some precedents of such "technical holds", he said. The listing of Masood involves a series of complex factors and China has also been working to seek a proper solution through dialogue and consensus, Geng said. PTI

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