|Statement by Ambassador LIU Jieyi after Voting on the Draft Resolution on UNMISS|
China endorses the extension of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
China is closely following developments of the situation in South Sudan and hopes that the parties there will honor their commitment to effectively implement the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan so as to restore stability and pursue the development of their country. China attaches great importance to the efforts of the countries in the region to achieve peace and development in South Sudan, and supports the role of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development as the main mediation channel. The urgent task before us now is to find the best way to achieve peace in South Sudan based on the political and security situation there and respect for the country’s sovereignty.
UNMISS was attacked recently, and two Chinese peacekeepers lost their precious lives for the cause of peace. China will continue to unswervingly support United Nations peacekeeping operations and to increase its contributions to the cause of international peace. We appreciate the positive role played by UNMISS in advancing the peace process in South Sudan. China supports the ongoing implementation of the UNMISS mandate. When discussing the adjustment of UNMISS mandate, the Security Council should step up its consultations with and listen to the opinions of the host country and countries in the region. The Mission should strengthen capacity-building in the relevant areas so as to effectively protect the security and safety of peacekeepers. China is ready to engage with the relevant parties on the issue.