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Statement by Ambassador Liu Jieyi at the Security Council Briefing on Situation in the Sahel


China is grateful for the President’s efforts in convening today’s meeting, and for the briefings and presence of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Special Envoy Prodi and Mr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank. We also listened with great interest to the statements made by the representatives of the African Union and the European Union.

At present, the situation generally in Africa is characterized by stability, development and peace. In most countries, the political situation remains stable, and tensions have been mitigated in certain flashpoint areas. The African Union and other regional organizations and African countries are committed to maintaining peace and stability, promoting the African collective security mechanism and seeking African solutions to African problems.

The African economy has maintained rapid growth. The integration process is pressing ahead. The international influence of the African continent has been rising steadily. The international community is paying more attention to Africa. The launch of the United Nations integrated strategy for the Sahel and the presidential statement adopted moments ago fully demonstrate the priority that has been given by the international community to peace and security in Africa, including the Sahel region.

The security and humanitarian situation in the Sahel has witnessed some improvement recently. However, the region remains fragile, for which China expresses its concern. We appreciate the recent joint visit to the Sahel region by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ms. Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, President Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank, and President Kaberuka of the African Development Bank. We welcome and applaud the positive results of the joint visit. We also appreciate the hard work of Special Envoy Prodi in implementing the United Nations integrated strategy for the Sahel. We welcome the establishment of the coordination platform for the strategy and of the secretariat for technical coordination. We hope that that relevant mechanism will play a positive role in improving the situation in the Sahel.

The problems in the Sahel are interrelated and mutually reinforcing. Swift and comprehensive improvement of the situation in the region requires integrated policies. China suggests that the inter