China calls for immediate ceasefire in Libya

June 9th, 2011 - 1:00 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, June 8 (IANS) China Wednesday called for an immediate ceasefire in Libya and the initiation of political measures to resolve the crisis in the country, Xinhua reported.

“It is a top priority for related parties to reach a ceasefire to avoid greater humanitarian disasters and solve the Libya crisis through political means including dialogue and negotiation,” said Yang while meeting with Abdul Ati Al-Obidi, special envoy of the Libyan government.

China opposes acts beyond the authorisation of the UN Security Council and stands for respecting the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Libya and respecting the choice made by the Libyan people, Yang said.

China hopes the related parties in Libya will take to heart the basic interests of the country and the people and start the political process to solve the crisis at an early date to safeguard regional peace and stability, Yang said.

China supports the African Union’s (AU) proposal and diplomatic mediation to solve the Libya crisis. China is willing to communicate with interested parties and work with the international community to solve the crisis through political means, he said.

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