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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on the UN-AL Joint Special Envoy on the Syrian Issue Annan's Decision to Resign.

2012/08/02

Q: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on August 2 that the UN-AL Joint Special Envoy on the Syrian Issue Annan decided to resign. How does China comment?

A: China regrets the resignation of Joint Special Envoy Annan. China has been actively supporting and cooperating with Annan's mediation efforts with concrete actions. We understand the difficulties Annan met in his mediation and respect his decision. China appreciates Mr.Annan's positive and constructive role for the political resolution of the Syrian issue since his taking office as Joint Special Envoy. Annan has informed China about his decision and thanked China for active support to his mediation.

China gives high priority to the developments of the Syrian situation, and is committed to the peaceful, fair and proper resolution of the Syrian issue. China believes that the international community should adhere to the correct direction of the political resolution in order to fundamentally settle the Syrian issue. China is open to any initiatives that are conducive to the political resolution of the Syrian issue. China supports the UN in continuing to play an important role for the proper resolution of the Syrian issue.

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