Chinese Envoy: Withdrawal of Foreign Forces & Mercenaries is a Core Issue for Libya


On Saturday, Dai Bing, the Chargé d’affaires at the Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN), called for peace and stability in Libya and the holding of Libyan elections as scheduled on December 24th.

During the UN Security Council briefing on Libya, Dai Bing expressed his country’s hopes that all Libyan parties will fully demonstrate political will, reach consensus on a constitution and electoral laws as soon as possible. He also hoped that the parties would ensure the elections are held as scheduled, to promote a comprehensive and inclusive political transition process.

“The withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries is a core issue for security in Libya. Any plan should ensure a balanced and orderly withdrawal of the combatants to avoid instability and meet the security needs of neighbouring countries”, said Dai.

The Chinese diplomat confirmed that maintaining the ceasefire and achieving security and stability remains the cornerstone of national reconstruction.

“China encourages Libya to cooperate with neighbouring countries on border management; disarmament, demobilization and reintegration; counterterrorism; and preventing an illegal cross-border movement of armed elements and weapons,” he added.

He further stated that at present, the humanitarian situation in Libya is grim. And the negative impact of Security Council sanctions on civilians should be reduced.

Libya is in a crucial period of national reconstruction. The international community should lend a helping hand to Libya and provide more economic assistance and support efforts to end the pandemic, he added.

Dai Bing said that China is ready to work with the rest of the international community to contribute more to lasting peace and development in Libya.