In this Dec 12, 2018 photo, China's permanent representative to the United Nations Ma Zhaoxu speaks during a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters. (MARY ALTAFFER / AP)
UNITED NATIONS – A Chinese envoy on Friday asked the international community to continue to assist the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in maintaining peace and stability in the country at a crucial juncture after elections.
We see elections as a country's internal affair. We believe that the people of the DRC have the ability and wisdom to resolve relevant issues in their own way.
Ma Zhaoxu, China's permanent representative to the UN
The international community should show full respect for the national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the DRC and the authority of the national electoral commission, Ma Zhaoxu, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, told the Security Council.
"We see elections as a country's internal affair. We believe that the people of the DRC have the ability and wisdom to resolve relevant issues in their own way,” he said.
“We hope that parties in the DRC can stay calm, exercise restraint and resolve differences through dialogue and negotiation so as to maintain peace and stability."
A peaceful handover of power is in the interests of the DRC people, and is conducive to peace, stability and development of the DRC and the African continent as a whole, he said.
The Chinese envoy also asked the international community to keep up humanitarian assistance. The Ebola epidemic in the northeast of the DRC also requires continued support from the international community, he said.
China has been a staunch supporter of DRC's peace process and will continue to provide medical, food and other assistance, remain engaged in the country's social and economic development, he said.
Presidential, legislative and provincial elections were held in the DRC on Dec 30 after long and repeated delays. Provisional results were released on Wednesday.
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