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Remarks by Ambassador Li Baodong to the media after the Security Council's deliberation on the Libyan Issue

2011-08-30 10:48

The Security Council just heard a briefing by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the situation in Libya. The Secretary-General also shared his views on how the United Nations would play its role in the Libyan issue at the next stage.

China is of the view that four principles should be followed in handling the Libyan issue at this moment: First, bring an early end to the conflicts. Second, launch an inclusive political process as soon as possible. Third, respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Libya, as well as the will and choice of the Libyan people. Fourth, give play to the leading role of the Security Council, while other countries, international mechanisms and international conferences should also play a supplementary role under the guidance of the UN Charter and the established principles concerning the Libyan issue.

I think members of the Security Council have reached consensus on these major principles. These principles are of guiding significance for the international efforts on the Libyan issue at the next stage.

I also wish to stress that China supports the efforts made by the African Union in promoting political settlement of the crisis in Libya.

Thank you.

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