Ma Zhaoxu (C, Front), China's permanent representative to the United Nations, addresses a Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya, at the UN headquarters in New York, on May 21, 2019. Ma Zhaoxu on Tuesday called for the proper handling of sanctions against Libya. (Xinhua/Ma Jianguo)
UNITED NATIONS, May 21 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese envoy on Tuesday called for adherence to a political solution in Libya.
"There is a need to stick to a political solution. China has always believed that the Libyan issue must be settled through political means," Ma Zhaoxu, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, told the Security Council.
"We hope that parties to the conflict in Libya will put the interests of the country and the people first, respond to the calls of the international community for a cease-fire as soon as possible, ease the tensions and return to the path of settlement through peaceful dialogue and consultation."
He added that the safety and security of civilians must be protected and the humanitarian situation in the country must be improved.
Ma asked for synergy of international efforts. The international community should respect Libya's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. Countries with influence should push for the resolution of differences among the parties, help build trust and provide constructive assistance to the parties in achieving a cease-fire and returning to political dialogue, said the Chinese ambassador.
He also stressed the need for coordination. China supports the promotion of the political settlement process in Libya under the leadership of the United Nations, and the good offices of the UN secretary-general and his special representative for Libya, he said. China also supports the active role of regional organizations such as the African Union, and hopes that the mechanisms will fully leverage their advantages and enhance coordination and cooperation.