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Statement by Ambassador WU Haitao at the Security Council After Voting on the Draft Resolution on Liberia

2016/12/23

In recent years, the overall security situation in Liberia has remained stable. Economic development has resumed and the Liberian Government, under the leadership of President Johnson-Sirleaf, has made positive efforts in maintaining stability and economic development. China appreciates the efforts made in that regard and calls on the international community to continue to provide assistance to Liberia.

China has always believed that United Nations peacekeeping operations should make adjustments in the light of the actual conditions and developments on the ground until their final exit. In the process, the will of the affected country must be fully respected and consultations with regional countries and regional and subregional organizations strengthened.

Over the years, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has played a significant role in maintaining peace and stability in Liberia. China supports the continued presence of UNMIL in Liberia in an appropriate form. It continues to support Liberia in stabilizing its situation and to assist it in strengthening its capacity-building for the military, police and security sectors so as to ensure the smooth process of general elections and preserve the hard-earned peace dividends. Given those considerations, China voted in favor of resolution 2333 (2016). China will work with the international community and continue to play a positive and constructive role in promoting peace, stability and development in Liberia.

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