China urges international community to support Libya’s national reconstruction

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A Chinese diplomat said here on Wednesday that the international community should continue to provide support and assistance for Libya’s national reconstruction.

Wang Min, the Chinese deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, made the remarks at an open Security Council meeting where Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno-Ocampo made a briefing on the situation in Libya.

Wang told the meeting that the Libyan political transitional process has entered a critical phase. “We hope that the Libyan people will maintain ethnic harmony and safeguard national unity, actively respond to all challenges so as to achieve at an early date social stability and national political and economic reconstruction,” he said.

The parliamentary elections in Libya will be held in June, which are of great significance to furthering the country’s political transitional process, Wang noted. “China hopes that the Libyan interim government will, in accordance with the roadmap of its political process and timetable, steadily push forward preparatory work on the elections,” he said.

“The international community should continue to render assistance and support to the reconstruction efforts in Libya,” he stressed.

In his briefing, Moreno-Ocampo told the meeting that the ICC is currently considering a request by the Libyan authorities to try a son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in their national courts.

Earlier this month, the Libyan authorities submitted an ” admissibility challenge” to the ICC in the case of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, who has been indicted by the Court along with former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah Al Sanousi for their roles in attacks against protesters and rebels in the country last year.

Wang said that China’s position on issues related to the ICC remains unchanged. “We hopes that the relevant ICC actions implementing the Security Council resolutions will be conducive to the Libyan national reconstruction process,” he said.

He also noted that the reports of the International Commission of Inquiry on Libya established by the Human Rights Council and the ICC indicated that NATO actions in Libya had resulted in civilian casualties.

“China is concerned about it,” he said, adding that the Security Council has the right to know the truth.


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