United Nations: China supports a peaceful reconstruction process in which Afghanistan is run and owned by Afghans, the Chinese permanent representative to the UN has said. Li Baodong made the remarks here while addressing a Security Council meeting on Afghanistan.

He told the Council that the Bonn Conference held on December 5 was an important international meeting since Afghanistan entered the transition period. 

The conference achieved positive results and decided that Afghanistan will start a decade of transformation after conclusion of its transition period in 2014 and the international community will continue to provide support and assistance to Afghanistan. China welcomes the decision, said Li.

He noted that the comprehensive stability and reconstruction in Afghanistan will be a long process, which requires unremitting efforts from the Afghan government and its people as well as continued support and assistance from the international community.

“In the withdrawal of troops, the parties concerned must ensure the safety of Afghanistan, proceed in a responsible manner, and further efforts must be made to help Afghanistan enhance capacity building in the security area,” Li said.

(Agencies)