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Statement by Ambassador Wu Haitao at the Security Council in explanation of vote after the adoption of Resolution 2509 on Libya Sanctions

2020/02/11

(XIN HUA NEWS LI MUZI)

 

Libya is still facing multiple challenges such as the fragile security situation, rampant terrorist forces, and outstanding refugee and migration issues. The international community should respect Libya's sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, and support the advancement of the UN-brokered "Libyan-led and Libyan-owned" political process.

Given the current grave situation in Libya, it is necessary for the international community to continue its strict implementation of the arms embargo and refrain from military intervention and other actions that might aggravate the conflict. China voted in favor of the resolution which was just adopted as UNSCR 2509.

That being said, it is China’s consistent belief that sanctions are not the end, but a means, which should always serve the political settlement of relevant issues. When the Council takes action on the extension of Libyan sanctions regime, it needs to base its decision on full consultations and should release positive messages to the international community and the countries of interest, that it is conducive to the political settlement of the Libyan issue.

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