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Proposal 'may be basis for peace'

By ZHAO SHENGNAN and LI XIAOKUN  (China Daily)

09:05, November 02, 2012

A proposal by Beijing to tackle the Syrian crisis "region by region and stage by stage" could be adopted by the UN peace envoy, experts said.

The parties in Syria should designate plenipotentiary negotiators to establish a transitional government, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, during their meeting in Beijing on Wednesday.

China's suggestion is likely to be adopted as a basis for Brahimi's new proposals to the United Nations Security Council next month.

Brahimi, a 78-year-old veteran diplomat, has visited Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran and Russia since he took up the position in early September to try to broker a peace deal.

Yang told the envoy that the situation in Syria is at "a critical stage".

The meeting came days after a truce Brahimi proposed, over the Eid al-Adha holiday, failed to take hold.

The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition accused each other of violating it.

Yang called for parties to cease fire immediately and start the process of a political transition.

It must be the Syrian people who decide the future of the country, he said.

The international community should fully support Brahimi's mediation efforts with a greater sense of urgency and responsibility, the minister said, adding that humanitarian aid to the country must be boosted and not be politicized.


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