The Chinese Envoy to the United Nations, Dai Bing held NATO members responsible for the heavy losses and injuries resulting from the devastating floods in Libya.
He also blamed NATO’s military intervention in the country, which led to decade-long unrest in Libya.
During his speech before the United Nations Council, in a session on Libya, Dai called on the international community to provide more support for Libya, affirming the importance of maintaining the momentum of political dialogue.
Dai noted that China hopes that “all parties will consolidate the results of the dialogue, overcome differences, and carry the political process forward and create conditions for elections.”
“It should be pointed out that only a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned process, is conducive to genuine long-term stability in Libya. The international community should respect Libya’s sovereignty and leadership and refrain from imposing solutions from outside,” he said.
“It is also important to make robust efforts to address the humanitarian crisis,” he added.
The recent floods ravaged Libya, causing enormous casualties and displacement, as well as severe infrastructure damage.
“China calls on the international community to scale up humanitarian assistance, to help the Libyan people overcome the effects of the disasters and rebuild their homes,” he said.
“The floods are a natural disaster. But there are also man-made factors at play. NATO’s military intervention has resulted in a decade-old turmoil in Libya, with state institutions torn apart and massive destruction done to infrastructure, which to this day has not been repaired. It bears inescapable responsibility for the huge losses and casualties caused by the flood,” said Dai.
It is not the first time that NATO has been accused of destroying Libya after military intervention there. Russia has long blamed the military organisation for the dire security conditions in Libya.
“A decade on, Libyans remain haunted by the aftermath of NATO’s actions, which not only destabilised their homeland but also ushered in a surge of terrorism across the Sahara and Sahel,” Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov said.