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China welcomes UN, AL leaders' call for Syria ceasefire during Islamic festival

(People's Daily Online)

08:36, October 22, 2012

BEIJING, Oct. 20 (People's Daily Online) -- China on Saturday said it welcomes the statement by leaders of the United Nations and the League of Arab States (AL) which called for a ceasefire in conflict-torn Syria during the upcoming Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.

"China welcomes and supports the statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and AL Secretary-General Nabil El-Arabi, which appealed to all parties in Syria to heed the call of the Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi for a ceasefire during the period of Eid al-Adha," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement.

Hong said ceasefire and cessation of all violence is the top priority to resolve the Syrian issue.

"We urge all parities in Syria to take into account the fundamental and long-term interests of the nation and the people, respond to and implement the call for ceasefire so as to avoid more bloodshed and start the political dialogue and political transition at an early date," Hong said.
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