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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Remarks on the Developments on the Issue of Chemical Weapons in Syria

2013/09/28

China welcomes the decision and the resolution on the issue of chemical weapons in Syria adopted respectively by the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations Security Council.

On the issue of chemical weapons, China's position is consistent and clear-cut. We firmly oppose the use of chemical weapons by any country and any individual and strongly condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria. In the meantime, we support a peaceful settlement of the issue of chemical weapons in Syria and its related ones, object to outside military intervention in Syria and uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and basic norms governing international relations.

China hopes to see a comprehensive and accurate implementation of the resolution and the decision. We hope the OPCW and the UN will conduct verification and elimination in an objective, impartial, neutral and professional spirit and urge all parties in Syria to offer full support and cooperation to the work. The Chinese side is ready to send experts to participate in relevant work and provide financial support in this regard.

The Security Council resolution sends an unequivocal signal for seeking a political settlement of the Syrian issue. China calls on all parties in Syria to realize a ceasefire and cessation of violence as soon as possible, work with the international community for the early convocation of the Geneva II Conference and the launch of a political transition process based on the Geneva Communiqué. China continues to strive for that end.

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