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Statement by Ambassador Wu Haitao at the Security Council in explanation of vote after the adoption of Resolution 2510 on the Situation in Libya

2020/02/12

Mr. President,

The current situation in Libya is complex, sensitive and fragile, seriously affecting the security and stability of neighboring countries and the region as a whole.China supports the continued leading role of the United Nations in promoting the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned political process. We call on all parties to the Libyan conflict to achieve a lasting ceasefire as soon as possible. We appreciate the constructive actions taken recently by the international community to ease the situation in Libya. The International Conference on Libya was recently held in Berlin and issued a communiqué that reflects the important consensus of the participants. The Security Council's endorsement of the said communiqué will contribute to an early peaceful settlement of the Libyan question.In light of this, China voted in favor of the draft resolution, which has been adopted as Resolution 2510.

China takes note of the fact that this resolution was not adopted unanimously. We believe that in relevant consultations, the views of all sides should be fully respected in order to reach consensus and maintain the unity of the Security Council. This is the only way for the resolution to yield the maximum positive effect. We hope that all parties in Libya, relevant regional countries and the international community will work together for the earnest implementation of the Berlin outcome.In this process, the Secretariat should develop an actionable plan that fully reflects the leadership and ownership by the Libyans, accommodates the concerns of all parties and leverages the positive role of the countries concerned. China supports the African Union and the League of Arab States in bringing their unique influence to bear on the political settlement of the Libyan question and working in synergy with the United Nations.

In the implementation of the outcome of the Berlin Conference and the Council's resolution, the international community should remain highly vigilant against terrorism in and around Libya, resolutely combat all forms of terrorism in the country and prevent the cross-border movement of foreign terrorist fighters. Libya should not be allowed to become the breeding ground of terrorism, the spread of which can jeopardize the country's own peace process.

Thank you Mr. President.

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