HEADLINE Political settlement is the only way out for Syria: Chinese envoy

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Political settlement is the only way out for Syria: Chinese envoy

By Li Bingxin | People's Daily app

13:24, February 23, 2018

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New York (People's Daily) - A Chinese envoy said a political settlement is the only way out for the ongoing crisis in Syria and called for resuming dialogues and negotiations among relevant parties. 

Ma Zhaoxu, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, expressed concern over the escalated security situation in parts of Syria, including its capital Damascus and the Eastern Ghouta.

China would like to express its profound sympathy to the Syrian people for their suffering, and condemns all acts of violence that target civilians and civilian facilities, Ma told the Security Council. 

In the past few days, the Syrian government's troops have intensified efforts to retake Eastern Ghouta, which is close to the capital Damascus, the last major rebel stronghold in the country. 

Heavy shelling and aerial bombardment on multiple communities in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta reportedly continued over the past 24 hours, killing at least 50 people and wounding at least 200 others, according to a briefing on Thursday delivered by Mark Lowcock, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. 

"China always insists that there is no military solution to the Syrian issue; it would only aggravate the suffering of the Syrian people. A political settlement is the only way out," said Ma. 

Ma pointed out that the pressing task now is that the international community needs to support the Syrian parties in resuming dialogue and negotiations under the UN mediation as soon as possible, and seeking a solution accepted by all parties through the Syrian-owned and Syrian-led political process.

He reiterated the international community should strengthen cooperation on counter-terrorism, adopt unified standards and resolutely combat all terrorist organizations designated by the Security Council. 

Actions taken by the Security Council on Syria's humanitarian issue should not only help ease the overall humanitarian situation in Syria, but also help consolidate the momentum of a ceasefire in Syria, and be conducive to the bigger picture of a political settlement of the Syrian issue, Ma continued.

China calls upon the Security Council to remain united on the Syrian issue, speak in one voice, and create favorable conditions for substantive progress in Syria's political process at an early date, said Ma.

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