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Remarks by Ambassador Geng Shuang at the UN Security Council Emergency Meeting on Ukraine

2022-11-23 18:00

Mr. President,

At present, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has led to constant attacks on civilian facilities and the steady rise of civilian casualties and displaced persons, which is a very worrying development. There is no winner in conflicts and wars. Dialogue and negotiation are the only way forward. The parties concerned should start direct engagements and resume diplomatic negotiations at an early date. The international community should work together to support all efforts for the peaceful resolution of the crisis in Ukraine, avoid escalation of the conflict and prevent the emergence of a nuclear crisis, ensure the stability of the supply chain of the Global Industrial chain and improve the humanitarian situation in the crisis area.

We once again call on all parties concerned to exercise restraint, avoid actions that may exacerbate the confrontation, and prevent the situation from spiraling out of control. In particular, all parties should strictly abide by international humanitarian law, make every effort to protect civilians and civilian facilities, and do their utmost to minimize the impact of the conflict on people's lives.

The humanitarian situation in Ukraine under conflict is dire. The cold weather will significantly aggravate the plight of the people. The international community should help Ukraine to urgently repair damaged energy infrastructure provide winter supplies to the affected population,  meet the basic needs of the refugees and displaced persons, and ensure that all those in need can be properly resettled and safely overwintered,  so as to prevent a larger humanitarian crisis.

Over the weekend, the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant was hit by the most intense shelling in months, causing serious damage to the plant site, which renews international concern about a nuclear disaster. The issue of nuclear safety and security is of great importance and cannot be compromised. China calls on all parties concerned to act with prudence, ensure the safety of nuclear facilities and avoid causing man-made nuclear accidents. China supports IAEA as mandated in its continued consultations with Russia and Ukraine, on the safety and security of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant with a view to reaching a mutually acceptable arrangement.

Managing the spillover effects of the crisis should be the focus of international cooperation on Ukraine. China welcomes the agreement reached by the parties concerned on the extension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative and the continued efforts of the UN Secretariat to address the obstacles to the export of Russian grain and fertilizer. We hope that this positive development will demonstrate beyond this council the achievements and the potential of diplomatic efforts in conflict situations. We also hope that the parties concerned will on this basis stay engaged and strive for more diplomatic breakthroughs.

As a closing, I wish to reiterate that China's position on Ukraine is consistent and clear. We will continue to work with the international community to play a constructive and responsible role in the restoration of the Ukraine crisis.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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