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China supports Annan's mediation efforts, says Premier Wen


07:53, March 28, 2012

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, in Beijing, capital of China, March 27, 2012. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

BEIJING, March 27 (Xinhua) --Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday told Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, that China supports his mediation efforts.

Wen said he believes the Syria issue will be settled in a fair, peaceful and appropriate way through Annan's mediation.

The Syria issue is now at a critical stage and draws close attention from the international community, Wen said during their meeting in the Great Hall of the People.

The Syrian crisis had brought disaster to Syrian people, and affected peace and stability of the Middle East, Wen said.

The United Nations Security Council presidential statement on Syria, which was adopted last Wednesday, had clarified the great concern and common aspiration of the international community on the Syria issue, and had taken up the six-point proposal put forward by Annan, Wen said.

He said China would support Annan's efforts and keep close coordination with him, to work closely with the international community to create favorable conditions for the success of the mediation efforts.

"Currently the top priority should be given to safeguarding life and security of Syrian civilians," Wen said, urging all parties concerned to put an immediate end to violence, offer support for international humanitarian aid, to lay foundation for initiating peace process for the peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis.

China will intensify its efforts on the Syrian government and other related parties, and urge them to seize the current important opportunities, positively respond to Annan's mediation efforts and honor their commitments, Wen said.

The premier said the fundamental way to achieve long-lasting peace and stability in Syria was to comply with the Syrian people's will for reform, guarantee their legitimate rights, develop economy and improve people's livelihoods.

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Hopefully Syrians seize the opportunity to create a bright future so they don"t face a decade of war like Iraq & Afghanistan.

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