|Statement by H.E. Ambassador Li Baodong, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, at the Security Council Meeting on the Situation in Sudan|
(Feburary 9, 2011)
Allow me to thank Special Representative of the Secretary-General Haile Menkerios, President Mkapa and Ambassador Mahmoud Kane, speaking on behalf of President Mbeki, for their respective briefings. We welcome the presence of representatives from Northern and Southern Sudan at today’s meeting.
Thanks to the joint efforts of Northern and Southern Sudan, the referendum in Southern Sudan was held smoothly and its final results were announced two days ago. China respects the will and choice of the Sudanese, and appreciates the unremitting efforts made by Northern and Southern Sudan to promote the peace process between them.
The referendum is a crucial step in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), but it is not the end of the road. The Security Council should pay close attention to the new situation, new challenges and new tasks that have emerged following the referendum. It must also formulate corresponding strategies in a timely manner. We also hope that Northern and Southern Sudan will, in the spirit of mutual understanding and compromise, continue to seek solutions to the outstanding issues through dialogue and consultation, and see the implementation of the CPA through to its culmination in order to maintain peace and stability in the Sudan and the region.
China appreciates the assistance and support provided by the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) and the Secretary-General’s Panel on the Referenda in the Sudan towards the orderly holding of the referendum. We welcome their ongoing assistance to Northern and Southern Sudan in the comprehensive implementation of the CPA. The mandate of UNMIS will expire at the end of April. At that time, the Security Council will need to make a decision on the future of the Mission. In that regard, China believes that the views of the parties should be taken into full consideration.
The African Union (AU) is a major strategic partner of the United Nations in addressing the issue of the Sudan. The AU and its High-Level Implementation Panel on the Sudan, led by Mr. Mbeki, played an important role in promoting the smooth holding of the referendum in the Southern Sudan. China welcomes the declaration on the Sudan issued at the recent AU Summit.
In order to achieve lasting peace in the Sudan, it is imperative that a comprehensive peace agreement be reached in Darfur as soon as possible. China has always been closely attentive to and supportive of the Doha talks, in which we welcome the recent progress. We urge all parties in Darfur that have yet to join the Doha talks to do so immediately and without condition.
China supports the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur and its positive contribution, under resolution 1935 (2010), to promoting the political process in Darfur.