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Wang Yi Attends a High-level Public Video Conference of the United Nations (UN) Security Council on the Libyan Issue
2020-07-08

On the evening of July 8, 2020, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended a high-level public video conference of the United Nations (UN) Security Council on the Libyan issue.

Wang Yi said, the Libyan issue has lasted for ten years. It has brought grave disasters to its people and turmoil to the region. The international community must help the Libyan people open the door to peace at an early date. The UN Security Council should shoulder its due responsibilities. The Chinese side has put forward four propositions:

First is to promote a comprehensive ceasefire and stop violence, which is the top priority. China calls for all parties in Libya to actively respond to the UN Secretary-General's global ceasefire initiative, immediately cease hostilities, and de-escalate conflicts, in a bid to realize long-term cease-fire. China urges all countries to effectively implement Security Council resolutions, avoid getting involved in the conflicts in Libya and interfering in its internal affairs, as well as strictly abide by the provisions of UN Security Council resolutions on arms embargo.

Second is to stick to the direction of political settlement, which is the only way out for the Libyan issue. China calls on all parties to return to the right track of dialogue, and promote negotiation on politics, economy and military in parallel. All parties should adhere to the principle of Libyan-led and Libyan-owned, and support the UN's role as the main channel of mediation. Regional organizations such as the Arab League and the African Union have special advantages in the political settlement of the Libyan issue, and their due role should therefore be brought into full play.

Third is to eliminate the spillover effects of the Libyan crisis. All countries should oppose all forms of terrorism, prevent cross-border movement of foreign terrorists in particular, and work together to combat terrorist organizations and individuals that are designated by the UN Security Council, to prevent Libya from becoming the breeding soil of terrorism. To tackle the root causes of refugee depends on the settlement of the Libyan crisis and the reconstruction of the country.

Fourth is to uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. Pushing for a regime change will only lead to turmoil, while external military interference will give rise to endless troubles. All parties should take the opportunity of the 75th anniversary of the UN to reaffirm the solemn commitment to the UN Charter, adhere to the principle of non-interference in internal affairs, respect national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and peacefully settle international disputes. This is an important prerequisite for the Security Council to effectively fulfill its duty and also a forceful guarantee to safeguard international peace and security.

Wang Yi noted, the Chinese side always takes an objective and fair stand on the Libyan issue, respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Libya, and insists on a political resolution of the Libyan issue led by the UN. The Chinese side is ready to work with all parties to help Libyan people to embrace the dawn of peace and embark on the road of development.

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