In countless ways, the United States demonstrates daily throughout our country and the world our strong commitment to the promotion and the protection of the human rights and welfare of all children. All countries, including the United States, can and should do more in this regard, but we do not accept that any Member State or group of States has any basis for asserting a superior status in the field of children's welfare.
With respect to draft resolution L.25, we had certainly hoped that this year we would be able to support a consensus resolution on the Rights of the Child in this Committee. Through endless consultations and negotiations, we made every effort to achieve that result.
Unfortunately, the principal sponsors of the resolution were not willing to address our legitimate concerns, the same concerns that were successfully negotiated during the United Nations Special Session on Children.
Mr. Chairman, the United States remains firmly committed to the betterment of children nationally and internationally. As a nation, we place the highest priority on the well- being of all children. However, we believe that neither the negotiating process on this resolution nor the final product, despite its excessive length, contribute significantly toward achieving that objective.
The United States also voted against this resolution because of our profound disagreement on the following points:
For these reasons, the United States has decided to vote against the draft resolution on the Rights of the Child, L.25.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman