|Remarks by Amb. DAI Bing at the Ministerial Level Side-Event on Libya
At the outset, I would like to thank Germany, France, and Italy for convening this meeting.
After a decade of conflict, Libya is generally on a right track towards peace and reconstruction. In a world of more and more enduring conflicts, Libya represents a glimmer of hope and a good example that political solution still works. It is imperative to consolidate the gains, take on the urgent tasks and bring lasting peace to the Libyan people. Here I would like to make three points:
First, Libyan ownership should be fully respected. Foreign military intervention was one of the main reasons for the Libyan conflict. The success of Libyan Political Dialogue Forum shows that the Libyan people themselves can resolve their differences through dialogue. The international community should fully respect the will of the Libyan people and refrain from interfering into the internal affairs of Libya.
Second, political consensus should be matched with concrete actions. LPDF roadmap, Berlin Conference conclusions, and relevant Security Council resolutions have formed the basis of consensus among Libyan parties and relevant stakeholders. That consensus must be translated into tangible benefits for the Libyan people. We hope the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections will be conducive to national unity. All foreign fighters and mercenaries should be withdrawn as soon as possible.
Third, more international assistance should be provided to Libyan reconstruction to bring tangible peace dividends to the Libyan people. China encourages the Security Council to strengthen communication with the Libyan Government, explore means including humanitarian exemptions to use frozen assets of Libya for national reconstruction and improve people's livelihood.
As a permanent member of the Security Council, China will continue to stand with the Libyan people and work together with the international community to contribute to the achievement of peace, development and prosperity in Libya.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.