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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on the Joint Statement on the Syrian Issue Released by the UN Secretary-General and the Arab League Secretary-General

2012/10/20

Q: It is reported that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations and Secretary-General Araby of the League of Arab States released a joint statement on October 19, calling on all relevant parties in Syria to realize ceasefire during Eid al-Adha, in accordance with the proposal raised by the UN-AL Joint Special Representative on the Syrian issue Brahimi. What is China's comment?

A: China welcomes and supports the joint statement released by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary-General Araby which calls for a ceasefire among relevant parties in Syria in accordance with Joint Special Representative Brahimi's proposal. To cease fire and stop violence is key to resolving the Syrian issue. We urge relevant parties in Syria to bear in mind the fundamental and long-term interests of the country and the people, earnestly respond to and implement relevant ceasefire proposal so as to avoid more bloodshed and launch the political dialogue and transition process as soon as possible.

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