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Explanatory Remarks by Ambassador Liu Jieyi after Security Council Voting on Resolution 2146--Banning Illicit Crude Oil Exports from Libya

2014/03/19
 

Madam President,

The Chinese delegation voted In favour of resolution 2146 (2014), just adopted by the Council.

China is deeply concerned about the illegal export of Libyan oil. We support the efforts of the Libyan Government in safeguarding and maintaining national economic sovereignty and we hope that resolution 2146 (2014) will contribute to the fight against the illicit export of Libyan oil.

China calls on all parties in Libya to put the interests of their country and people first; maintain unity; safeguard national sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity together; and appropriately resolve issues arising in the process of political transition and economic reconstruction through dialogue and consultation.

Resolution 2146 (2014) clearly provides that it should not be considered as establishing customary international law and that measures adopted by Member States under the authorization of that resolution shall not affect the exclusive jurisdiction of a flag State over its vessels on the high seas. It further stipulates that, when adopting inspection measures, Member States should first seek the consent of the vessel’s flag State. We hope that Member States will fully and accurately implement resolution 2146 (2014), abide by the principles of international law and protect the legitimate rights and interests of flag States.

Thank you, Madam President.

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