UNITED NATIONS - China on Wednesday voiced its support for the new UN resolutions on lifting major sanctions against Iraq, and called on all parties in the country to foster national reconciliation through political dialogue and consultation.
China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Li Baodong smiles while voting during the United Nations Security Council High-Level Meeting on Iraq at UN headquarters in New York, Dec 15, 2010. [Photo/Agencies]
The statement came as Li Baodong, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, was speaking at an open Security Council meeting on Iraq, which adopted three resolutions to terminate major sanctions against Iraq, lift the restrictions on the Iraqi civilian nuclear program and end the oil-for-food program.
"China welcomes the adoption by the Security Council of resolutions which lift the sanctions imposed according to Chapter 7 of the Charter regarding the mass destructive weapons, missiles and civilian nuclear activities, which conclude the oil-for-food program and provide for appropriate arrangements relating to the development fund for Iraq," Li said.
The ambassador expressed hope that Iraq will seize the opportunity to speed up peaceful reconstruction process, and become an active force in maintaining regional peace and stability.
He also commended the efforts made by the Iraqi government and people in stabilizing the overall situation in the country. China "supports the Iraqi people in determining the future of their country autonomously," he stressed.
"Iraq is still confronted with a complex security situation. China condemns the terrorists attacks that have occurred recently in the country. We support the government and people of Iraq in their effort to preserve national security," said Li.
Li also encouraged Iraq to enhance dialogue and cooperation with regional neighbors, find an appropriate solution to outstanding issues in a common effort to preserve regional peace and stability.
"We understand and support Iraq's aspiration for complete reintegration into the international community," said the ambassador.