"China has serious difficulty with part of the resolution," envoy says

09:28, March 18, 2011      

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Chinese UN Ambassador Li Baodong (2nd R Front) and Brazilian UN Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti (1st L Front) vote to abstain from a Libyan resolution during an open meeting of the UN Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States, March 17, 2011. The UN Security Council on Thursday adopted a resolution to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya and called for "all necessary measures," excluding troops on the ground, to protect civilians under threat of attack in the North African country. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

China supports the UN "Security Council's adoption of appropriate and necessary action to stabilize as soon as possible the situation in Libya and to halt acts of violence against civilians," but "China has serious difficulty with part of the resolution," Li Baodong, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, said Thursday.

Li made the statement at the Security Council after he abstained from voting on a draft resolution which authorized a no-fly zone over Libya and called for "all necessary measures," excluding troops on the ground, to protect civilians under threat of attack in the North African country.

Apart from China, Russia, a permanent Council member with veto power, and Brazil, Germany and India, the three non-permanent Council members, also abstained from the voting on the draft resolution. The draft was adopted as Resolution 1973 with 10 voting in favor and five abstentions.

"The continuing worsening of the situation in Libya has the great concern of China. We support the Security Council's adoption of appropriate and necessary action to stabilize as soon as possible the situation in Libya and to halt acts of violence against civilians," Li said.

"China has always emphasized that in its relevant actions, the Security Council should follow the UN Charter and norms governing international law and respect the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Libya and resolve through peaceful means the current crisis in Libya," he said.

"China is always against the use of force in international relations," Li said.

"In the Security Council's consultations on Resolution 1973, we and some other council members asked some specific questions. However, regrettably, many of those questions failed to be clarified or answered. China has serious difficulty with part of the resolution," he said.

"Meanwhile, China attaches great importance to the relevant decision by the 22-member Arab league on the establishment of a no-fly zone over Libya," he said. "We also attach great importance to the position of African countries and the African Union."

The Arab League endorsed the no-fly zone over Libya in its March 12 decision at the end of a meeting on the situation of the North African country.

"In view of this and considering the special circumstance surrounding the situation in Libya, China abstained during the vote on the resolution, Resolution 1973," he said. "We support the secretary-general's special envoy for Libya and the African Union and the Arab League in their continuing efforts to address by peaceful means the current crisis in Libya."

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