The Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador Zhang Jun, has called upon the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prioritize peace and the political transition process in Libya.
He emphasized the importance of Libyan parties reaching a consensus and avoiding further divisions.
Addressing the UN Security Council on Wednesday, Zhang Jun stated that China’s position regarding the ICC’s work in Libya is “consistent and clear.”
He expressed hope that the ICC would continue to strictly adhere to the principles laid out in its Rome Statute, respect the sovereignty of the country concerned, take reasonable views into account, and maintain close communication and cooperation with Libyan authorities in its investigations since 2011, as stated in its report.
The Chinese diplomat stressed, “Peace and stability in Libya are fundamental to ensuring justice, and currently, advancing the political transition process is a priority for the international community, and the work of the United Nations in Libya.”
He called for compliance with the principle of a Libyan-owned and Libyan-led process, respect for the will of the Libyan people, and the avoidance of externally imposed solutions.
Ambassador Zhang Jun’s remarks underscore China’s commitment to supporting a peaceful and politically sustainable resolution to the situation in Libya.
The country has been facing ongoing challenges, including political divisions and armed conflicts, since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.
China’s call for international cooperation and respect for Libya’s sovereignty aligns with the broader efforts of the United Nations to promote stability and reconciliation in the region.
The situation in Libya remains a matter of global concern, and diplomatic efforts, such as those advocated by China, are crucial in helping the country navigate toward a more stable and prosperous future.