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Remarks by Ambassador Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the UN, at the Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Somalia


I would like to thank Mr. Mahiga, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, for his briefing. I would also like to welcome to this meeting His Excellency Mr. Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, President of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia.

The Somali peace process is at a key stage. We welcome the steady progress made in implementing the road map on ending the transition period, the headway made in efforts to draft a constitution and hold parliamentary elections, the military gains that have been achieved and the noteworthy improvement in the humanitarian situation in the country. We also note that the peace process continues to face many difficulties. Tensions have increased within the Transitional Federal Parliament, with and adverse impact on the implementation of the road map. The potential for new conflicts is emerging in various regions. And the humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to be fragile.

China believes that national reconciliation is the only way to restore peace and stability in Somalia. We support Somalia in continuing to implement the Transitional Federal Charter, the Djibouti Agreement, the Kampala Accord and the Garoowe principles, as well as in fully implementing the road map and ending the transitional period on time. We hope that the parties in Somalia will place the interests of the country and its people first and, in a spirit of solidarity and reconciliation, overcome differences through dialogue and consultation as soon as possible, so as not to unnecessarily disrupt the peace process. We support the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in further enhancing capacity-building in order that it can govern effectively the entire territory of Somalia as soon as possible. We hope that the parties in Somalia will reject violence and join the peace process unconditionally at the earliest possible moment.

In the current circumstances, the international community should continue to support the mediation efforts of the United Nations, the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, support the TFG in strengthening capacity-building, and encourage the parties to implement the road map in good faith. China welcomes the AU report published on 20 March on its Mission in Somalia. We hope that the United Nations will continue to strengthen its logistical support to the Mission and to effectively implement resolution 2036 (2012). We welcome the successful London Conference on Somalia and look forward to the same positive results at the conference to be held later this month in Istanbul.

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