|Statement by Ambassador WU Haitao after Voting on the Security Council Draft Resolution on Somalia/Eritrea|
Recently, the overall situation in the Horn of Africa has remained stable. Meanwhile, Al-Shabaab and other terrorist organizations are still rampant, bringing challenges to peace and development in the region.
China has been closely following the situation in the Horn of Africa. We appreciate the contributions by the African Union and the countries in the region in combating Al-Shabaab. We call upon the international community to continue to assist Somalia in its nation-building efforts and support the African Union Mission in Somalia and the Somali National Security Forces in their efforts so as to achieve peace and stability in the Horn of Africa as early as possible.
The countries of the Horn of Africa live in close proximity to each other and form a community with a shared future, interconnected interests and a common destiny. Therefore, maintaining regional peace and stability is in the fundamental interest of all the countries of the region. China sincerely hopes that the countries of the region will move forward towards the overall peace and stability in Horn of Africa in the fundamental interests of the peoples in the region, reinforce good-neighborly relationships, strengthen solidarity and cooperation, and settle their differences through dialogue and consultation, all of which is in the fundamental interest of the countries in the region.
It has been the consistent view of China that sanctions are a means rather than an end in and of themselves. Sanctions should be conducive to cooperation among the countries in settling their differences and should be adjusted in the light of the situation on the ground. Council members have differing views on resolution 2385 (2017), which we just adopted, and the text still has room for further improvement. In view of the foregoing, and on the basis of China’s consistent position on sanctions, China abstained in the voting.
China hopes that the countries concerned will continue to follow the principles of being friendly to their neighbors, paying attention to the legitimate concerns of neighboring countries, and taking effective measures to improve their relationships with neighboring countries so as to achieve common security, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, China will continue to play a constructive role in achieving regional peace, stability and development in the Horn of Africa.