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Chinese diplomat elected to International Court of Justice

06-30-2010 11:47 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, June 29 (Xinhua) -- A veteran Chinese diplomat and an expert of international law, Xue Hanqin, was elected judge of the International Court of Justice here Tuesday.

Xue Hanqin talks to the media after being elected judge of the International Court of Justice at the United Nations headquartuers in New York, the United States, June 29, 2010. A veteran Chinese diplomat and an expert of international law, Xue Hanqin, was elected judge of the International Court of Justice here Tuesday. The election was conducted under the relevant Security Council resolution to fill the vacancy after Judge Shi Jiuyong, a Chinese, resigned on May 28. She is the only female among the 15 judges of the International Court of Justice, and the third Chinese to serve on the Court.(Xinhua/Shen Hong)
Xue Hanqin talks to the media after being elected judge of the International 
Court of Justice at the United Nations headquartuers in New York, the United 
States, June 29, 2010. A veteran Chinese diplomat and an expert of international 
law, Xue Hanqin, was elected judge of the International Court of Justice here 
Tuesday. The election was conducted under the relevant Security Council resolution 
to fill the vacancy after Judge Shi Jiuyong, a Chinese, resigned on May 28. She is 
the only female among the 15 judges of the International Court of Justice, and the 
third Chinese to serve on the Court.(Xinhua/Shen Hong)

Xue, a member of the International Law Commission, was elected by the UN General Assembly and the Security Council in separate voting.

Xue won all 15 votes in the Security Council on Tuesday morning, Claude Heller, the Mexican UN ambassador who holds the rotating Security Council presidency for June, announced after the 15- nation Council cast the secret ballots.

Heller, at the open Council meeting, also read a letter from the president of the General Assembly, Ali Treki, who said that Xue won a majority of votes in the 192-nation UN body.

Xue "was elected member of the International Court of Justice," Heller said.

The election was conducted under the relevant Security Council resolution to fill the vacancy after Judge Shi Jiuyong, a Chinese, resigned on May 28.

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