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UN official says China's proposal on Syria welcomed


08:46, November 07, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- The UN Under-Secretary- General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said here Tuesday that China's new four-point proposal on Syria is welcomed as a contribution to moving toward a political solution for Syria.

Feltman told reporters after he briefed the Security Council on the recent situation in Syria that Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League joint special envoy, is welcoming all contributions made by the states with real influence in the UN and on the ground in Syria.

"In that context, Lakhdar Brahimi, and those of us within the Secretariat certainly welcome the Chinese four-point proposal as contributing to our collective thinking on how best to use our influence to move toward a political solution for Syria," he said.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi made the proposal during his meeting with Brahimi in Beijing on Oct. 31 when Brahimi visited China for the first time since he replaced former UN chief Kofi Annan as the international mediator on Syria on Sept. 1.

The new proposal has four major aspects including halting fighting and violence, asking Syria to appoint empowered interlocutors to formulate through consultations a roadmap of political transition, calling on international community to support Brahimi's mediation efforts and taking concrete steps to ease humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Feltman said that the situation inside Syria is turning grimmer every day, and the risk that the crisis could explode outward is growing.

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