Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations, spoke at a public meeting of the Security Council on Mali on the same day, calling for the transition process in Mali to be advanced, according to the website of the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations. The full text of the statement is as follows:
I thank the Special Representative for his briefing in Anandi.
The recent situation in Mali has attracted wide attention from the international community, and China has been closely following the development of the situation in Mali. We are pleased to note that the Transitional President and Vice-President of Mali have been sworn in and that the Transitional Prime Minister has been appointed. The Economic Community of West African States issued a communique on 5 October deciding to lift the sanctions against Mali. China welcomes these positive developments and appreciates the efforts of the Malian parties and the Western Community to resolve the crisis peacefully.
At the same time, the restoration of peace and stability in Mali faces many challenges. The implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali has stalled, the security and humanitarian situation in northern and central Mali has deteriorated and the outbreak of neo-crown pneumonia has brought new complications. China sincerely hopes that all parties in Mali will put the interests of the country and the people first, adhere to dialogue and cooperation, consolidate the positive momentum, complete the formation of a transitional government as soon as possible, and steadily advance the transition process. Regarding the next steps,
We must continue to advance the implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali. Since the signing of the 2015 peace agreement, the Malian parties have made a lot of positive progress in advancing the implementation of the agreement, but much remains to be done. It is hoped that the Transitional Government and the Malian parties will reaffirm their commitment to the agreement and, in the light of the transition process, continue to promote its implementation, including through institutional reform, disarmament and demobilization, and the consolidation of the authority of the Government.
We must continue to advance the fight against terrorism. The Secretary-General’s report indicates that terrorist organizations are using the current fragile situation to increase the frequency of their activities and to exacerbate the security situation in northern and central Mali. This movement should be a cause for alarm. The Transitional Government of Mali should continue to strengthen its cooperation with the international community and use all means to combat terrorism and violent extremism. China supports UNMIL’s support for the joint forces of the five Sahelian countries in accordance with its mandate.
We should continue to promote sustainable development and eliminate the root causes of instability. The Transitional Government of Mali should pay more attention to and invest in economic and social development, including promoting the construction of the northern development zone and achieving tangible results, providing basic services such as medical care and education to the population, and effectively improving the living standards of the people. China calls on the international community to actively help Mali fight the epidemic and support Mali in restoring economic and social development and achieving independent and sustainable development at an early stage.
International and regional parties should increase their support and form a joint effort. We should continue to support African countries in resolving African issues in an African manner and the Western Community and the African Union to continue to play an important role in advancing the transition process in Mali. China appreciates the continued role of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and MONMA in carrying out their duties in a complex environment and supports the Special Representative and MONMA in continuing to play an important role in maintaining peace and stability in Mali. It is hoped that the Malian parties will strengthen their cooperation with UNMMA to ensure the safety of peacekeepers.
Mali is currently at a critical junct point. The Malian parties should take the transition process as an opportunity to open a new chapter in the country’s peaceful, stable, and prosperous development. China is ready to work with the international community to continue to contribute to the peaceful development of Mali.
Thank you, Mr. President.