|Statement by Ambassador Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, at the Security Council Briefing on the Impact on the Sahel Region Caused by Libyan Conflict|
I would like to thank Under-Secretary-General Pascoe for his briefing.
The Libyan conflict has had a serious impact on the political, security, economic and humanitarian situation in the Sahel region. The large-scale return of foreign nationals has created heavy economic and social burdens for the countries in the region. The proliferation of weapons has further encouraged cross border organized crime and terrorism in the region. The negative impact of the Libyan situation will continue to grow, posing a sustained threat to peace and stability in the region. China expresses its grave concern in this regard.
In order to eliminate those negative impacts, the countries of the region have made positive efforts to assist their own nationals to return and integrate into local communities, and have worked to strengthen border control and cooperation in justice and law enforcement. The Economic Community of West African States and other sub-regional organizations have made full use of existing mechanisms in coordinating the relevant efforts of the countries in the region. Chine expresses its appreciation in this regard.
In the process of addressing the Libyan issue, the concerns of Africans should receive due attention. Africa's views should be duly respected. The negative impact of the Libyan conflict should not be shouldered by Africa alone. The international community should provide active assistance to the countries and organizations of the region, seriously consider and effectively implement the relevant recommendations of the report of the assessment mission (see S/2012/42), and in that process enhance communication with the countries and regional organizations. Relevant United Nations agencies should give full play to their respective expertise to gain more international support for the region.