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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on the UN General Assembly's Adoption of the Resolution on the Syrian Issue

2013/05/16

Q: The 67th Session of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on the Syrian issue on May 16. What is China's comment?

A: China pays high attention to the situation in Syria and plays a constructive role for the political settlement of the Syrian issue. China believes that political settlement is the only realistic way out for the Syrian issue and the future of Syria should be independently decided by the Syrian people. What is pressing now is to urge relevant parties of Syria to cease fire and stop violence as soon as possible and start political transition based on the communiqué of Geneva foreign ministers' meeting of the Action Group on Syria. Actions of the international community, including those of the UN General Assembly should be conducive to the above goals and in line with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter as well as the basic norms of international relations.

China has been dealing with the Syrian issue based on the above principles. Relevant countries recently submitted a draft resolution on the Syrian issue to the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly. Like many other members, China was seriously concerned about some of the content and required sponsors of the draft to take into full consideration views of different parties and not to force a vote so as not to affect the momentum of the political resolution of the Syrian issue. However, the sponsors failed to fully communicate with other parties and forced a vote on the draft resolution, leaving China with no option but to vote against the draft.

China has no selfish interests on the Syrian issue and has no intention to protect any party. China is positive and open to any resolution plan that is widely acceptable to all relevant parties in Syria. China understands the concerns of Arab countries and the Arab League over the early settlement of the Syrian issue and values their efforts for the political settlement. We stand ready to work with the international community, including Arab countries to push for a just, peaceful and proper settlement of the Syrian issue while sticking fast to the general direction of political settlement.

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