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Remarks by Acting DPR Mr. Yao Shaojun at Security Council Video Conference on UNSMIL and Libya Sanctions

2020-05-19 06:59

Mr. President,

I thank ASRSG Williams and Amb. Schulz for their briefings, and welcome Amb. Elsonni to attend this meeting.

The current situation in Libya is complex, sensitive and fragile, seriously affecting the security and stability of neighboring countries and the whole region. The situation changes rapidly. China has been closely following the developments in Libya. Under the current circumstances, the people of Libya deserve a peaceful environment to fight COVID-19 pandemic. Let me make the following four main points:

First, the current priority is to achieve a lasting ceasefire. We express concerns on the attacks to civilians and relevant infrastructure. There is no military solution for Libya. We call upon all parties to the conflict for cessation of hostilities and achieve lasting ceasefire as soon as possible. China welcomes all efforts conducive to lasting ceasefire and response to the Global Ceasefire Appeal by the Secretary-General, and encourages to resume “5+5” joint military committee. It’s time to be united, conflicts only deepen the sufferings of the people.

Second, global synergies should be strengthened to promote peace process. The international community should stay committed to the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned political process under the UN framework. China supports the continued leading role of the United Nations, and call for appointment of new SRSG as soon as possible for the sake of peace process of Libya. During the process, Libya’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity should be respected. The African Union and the League of Arab States, being uniquely positioned to mediate a conflict between the parties, should be supported to play their respective role and synergize their efforts with those of the UN.

Third, unremitting efforts must be made to combat terrorism. Terrorism within and around Libya seems to have resurrected. The international community must stay highly vigilant on this trend, strengthen coordination and cooperation, and work together to tackle challenges. It is imperative to combat terrorism in all its forms across Libya and at the same time, guard against the cross-border movement of foreign terrorist fighters. We must never allow Libya to become the breeding ground of terrorism.

Fourth, sanctions measures must be properly and effectively used. China’s consistent position is that sanctions are the means rather the ends. Sanctions regime should always serve the political settlement of relevant issues. Under the current circumstances, it is important to strictly enforce the arms embargo on Libya, and refrain from a military intervention or any action that could aggravate the conflict.

Now we have a common enemy the COVID-19 pandemic. Only if the parties to Libya keep unity and solidarity, they can bring peace and prosperity to Libyan people and fight against COVID-19 pandemic. We highly appreciated the assistance provided by WHO to Libya for fighting the pandemic. China will continue to provide assistance to Libya to fight COVID-19, facilitate the Libyan political process, and support the Libyan people in their pursuit of peace and stability.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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