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Remarks by Ambassador Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the UN, at the International Criminal Court Briefing on the Situation in Libya

2012/05/16
 

I listened very attentively to the briefing by Mr. Moreno-Ocampo.

At the moment, the political transition process in Libya has entered a critical phase. We hope that the Libyan people will maintain ethnic harmony and safeguard national unity, actively respond to all challenges and achieve at an early date its social stability and political and economic reconstruction. Parliamentary elections will be held in Libya in June. That is of great significance in furthering the Libyan political transition process. China hopes that Libya’s interim Government will, in accordance with the road map for its political process and timetable, steadily push forward the preparatory work on the elections. The international community should continue to render support and assistance to the national reconstruction efforts in Libya.

China’s position on the International Criminal Court (ICC) question remains unchanged. We hope that the ICC’s actions in implementing the relevant resolutions will be conducive to the reconstruction efforts in Libya.

The resolution should be strictly implemented. The reports of the International Commission of Inquiry on Libya established by the Human Rights Council and those of the International Criminal Court both indicate that NATO’s activities in Libya resulted in civilian casualties. China is concerned about this. The Security Council has the right and obligation to know the truth.

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