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Ambassador expounds on China's position on UN's Syria draft

(Xinhua)

16:19, February 17, 2012

China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, speaks after a vote at the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, Feb. 16, 2012. China opposes armed intervention or forcing a so-called "regime change" in Syria, Wang said Thursday. (Xinhua/Wu Jingdan)

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, following the UN General Assembly's vote on the Syria draft resolution, delivered a statement on Thursday to elaborate on China's position of the document.

"The Chinese government consistently pursues an independent foreign policy of peace and is committed to upholding regional and world peace and stability. China has followed closely the developments of the situation in Syria, and is deeply worried about the escalating crisis in the country which has caused civilian casualties and affected peace and stability in the Middle East region," Wang said.

China condemns all acts of violence against innocent civilians and urges the government and the country's all political factions to "immediately and fully" end all acts of violence, and quickly restore stability and normal social order, he said.

The ambassador said China calls on the Syrian government to pay serious heed to the people's legitimate desire for reform and development and calls on the various political factions in Syria to express their political aspirations through non-violent means under the rule of law.

China also urges all parties concerned in Syria to immediately launch inclusive political dialogue with no preconditions attached, and jointly discuss a comprehensive political reform plan and mechanism, Wang said, adding China calls for the holding of referendum on the draft of a new Constitution and parliamentary election at an early date and establishment of a national unity government participated by various factions.

"We understand the concern of Arab countries and the League of Arab States on seeking a quick solution to the Syrian issue. We value the important role of Arab countries and the League of Arab States in seeking a political solution to the issue of Syria," the Chinese ambassador said.

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