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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on China's Proposals for Promoting the Political Settlement of the Syrian Issue

2012/10/31

Q: At the just-concluded talks between Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and UN-AL Joint Special Representative on the Syrian issue Brahimi, China put forward proposals for promoting the political settlement of the Syrian issue. What is China's consideration?

A: The current situation in Syria remains serious and the process of political settlement is facing many difficulties. We feel sorry for the ineffective implementation of the Eid al-Adha ceasefire proposal. At the same time, we also noticed that more and more countries come to recognize that military resolution is no way out and the call for political settlement is on the rise. The UN-AL Joint Special Representative on the Syrian issue Brahimi is also actively carrying out mediation efforts. The Chinese government attaches great importance to the Syrian issue. To push forward the political settlement, China put forward the proposals with the aim of building international consensus and supporting the mediation efforts of Joint Special Representative Brahimi so as to maintain and promote the momentum of the political settlement process of the Syrian issue, push relevant parties in Syria to stop fighting and violence at an early date and launch the political transition process led by the Syrian people.

Q: What is new of these proposals compared with China's previous propositions?

A: China's position on the Syrian issue has been consistent. These new proposals are an extension of China's longstanding efforts to promote the political settlement of the Syrian issue. There are constructive advice and suggestions in the proposals such as a ceasefire region by region or phase by phase, and the establishment of a transitional governing body, which were raised by China based on the latest development of the situation and Mr. Annan's six-point plan, relevant Security Council resolutions and the communiqué of the Geneva foreign ministers' meeting of the Action Group for Syria. We hope this will help relevant parties in Syria to stop fighting and violence at an early date and launch the political transition process led by the Syrian people.

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