Explanation of vote on extending the mandate of the Panel of Experts assisting the 1718 DPRK Sanctions Committee

Explanation of vote by Representative of Slovenia to the UN Security Council Ambassador Samuel Žbogar at the meeting on Non-proliferation/Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)

Thank you very much, Mr President,

Very briefly, Slovenia engaged in good faith in the negotiations of this resolution with the aim to ensure the continuation of the good work that the Panel of Experts has been doing in supporting the 1718 Committee.

We deeply regret that despite all the concessions made, a veto has been cast, preventing the mandate renewal of the Panel. Independent monitoring and assessment of sanctions implementation are invaluable. It is imperative that the wider UN membership has access to professional and objective assessments that guide the Council’s activities on this sanctions regime. Only a fully functioning Panel of Experts is able to provide this.

We will continue to engage constructively and we call on Russia to do the same.

Thank you.

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