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China hopes for stability, reconstruction in Libya

09-14-2011 09:12 BJT Special Report:Libyan Rebels Control Tripoli |

Beijing said yesterday that it is willing to see a peaceful and orderly power transition in Libya, and it hopes to see the establishment of an interim government in Tripoli at an early date.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Ju told a regular news briefing in Beijing that the situation in the northern African country has changed dramatically, and Libya has entered a phase towards reconstruction which will benefit all the people living there.

China hopes political and economic reconstruction will take place quickly in Libya to safeguard the country's unity. "We hold a positive attitude to the post-war construction in Libya," said the spokeswoman.

"China's embassy to Libya was withdrawn from Tripoli due to security reasons a few months ago, and we will return at an appropriate time when security returns," Jiang said.

Beijing has recognized the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya as the legitimate authorities of Libya as Colonel Gaddafi's regime was ousted from Tripoli.

Jiang said the Chinese side "maintains close contact" with NTC through multiple channels.

"The Chinese side respects the Libyan people's choice of the NTC as the ruling authorities and representative of the Libyan people."

According to the Chinese spokeswoman, the NTC leadership has promised it will firmly adhere to the one-China policy, and abide by all the existing treaties and agreements that were signed between the two countries.

China appreciates the NTC's promise, Jiang said, adding that "we hope to make joint efforts with the Libyan side to realize a steady and smooth transition and development of the bilateral ties."

Meanwhile, China did not oppose releasing Libya's frozen assets discussed earlier by the United Nations Security Council's Sanctions Committee, but China hopes the use of assets and supervision mechanism would be further specified.

Jiang said the UN Security Council should play a leading role in Libya's post-war reconstruction. "It is not only the view of China itself. It's the consensus of the international community," she said.

"Only the United Nations has the authority and capability to help Libya walk out of the war, and start dialogues and reconstruction," said the Chinese spokeswoman.

Jiang said a UN meeting will be held later this month on the Libyan issue. "If invited, the Chinese side will positively consider participation."

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: China Daily

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