China on Thursday called for greater efforts to ensure that there is additional civilian casualties in Libya and urged all parties concerned in crisis to observe an immediate cease-fire in the countries of North Africa.
Li Baodong, Permanent Representative of China to the UN, made the appeal during the closed consultations of the Security Council of the United Nations, diplomatic sources said.
The resolution of the Security Council on this issue is humanitarian protection, not to cause more civilian casualties and a humanitarian catastrophe greater, the Chinese diplomat said, referring to resolution 1973 the Security Council, which authorizes the establishment of a no-fly zone over Libya to protect civilians in the country.
China and four other members of the Security Council – Germany, Brazil, India and Russia – abstained in the vote which took place March 17 on the draft resolution.
“We call on all parties concerned to cease fire immediately to avoid an escalation of the conflict and the worsening of the already tense situation in the region,”