|Remarks by Ambassador Geng Shuang at the UN Security Council Briefing on Iraq|
I wish to thank Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert for her briefing, and welcome the foreign minister of Iraq to our meeting today.
China strongly condemns the attack in Dohuk province of Iraq on July 20. We deeply mourn the victims, and express our condolences to the Government of Iraq and the bereaved families. We wish a speedy recovery to the injured. We support the Security Council press statement on this matter.
Iraq has set up a national committee to investigate this attack. We call on all parties concerned to actively cooperate with Iraq in this investigation in order to find out the facts as soon as possible and ensure accountability. The Security Council should continue to follow the progress of the investigation and provide appropriate support at the request of the Iraqi Government.
Iraq is in a location of strategic importance. The country has diverse ethnicities and religions. It should become a booster for regional cooperation, instead of arena for geopolitical competitions. Regrettably, foreign troops have frequently conducted military operations in Iraqi territory without consent of the Government of Iraq, grossly violating Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, gravely endangering the lives of Iraqi people, and seriously threatening regional stability. China hopes that the relevant countries will fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq, and stay committed to addressing their security concerns through cooperation with the Iraqi Government.
Over the past three decades, the situation in Iraq has seen ups and downs, and its people have endured countless hardships. At present, the Iraqi people are writing a new chapter in the national reconstruction, actively developing good neighborliness and friendly relations, and promoting regional dialogue and cooperation, increasingly becoming the contributor to regional peace and stability. The international community should firmly stand by Iraq and its people, and continuously make positive contributions to the long-term stability and security of Iraq as well as the prosperity and stability of the region.
Thank you, Mr. President.