Ambassador Zhang Jun, permanent representative of China to the United Nations, elaborated China's position on the situation in Syria, at the UN Security Council meeting on February 28,2020. (Photo: Li Liang/People’s Daily)
United Nations (People’s Daily) - The Chinese envoy to the United Nations on Friday urged the parties concerned to seek a comprehensive and long-term solution to the Idlib problem through dialogue and negotiations.
The Syrian issue has a complicated background and the Idlib problem is rooted in the control of Idlib by terrorist forces, said Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, at an emergency Security Council Meeting on Syria.
Urging the parties concerned to continue seeking a comprehensive and long-term solution to the Idlib problem, the envoy said the council must act in an impartial, objective and comprehensive manner to create enabling conditions for a political settlement of the Syrian issue.
The UN Security Council held a public meeting on the situation in Idlib, Syria, on February 28, 2020. (Photo: Li Liang/People’s Daily)
According to the Secretary-General’s report, terrorist forces are systematically harming civilians, journalists and medical workers in Idlib. Eradicating the forces of terror is a necessary requirement for the restoration of peace and stability in Syria and the region,the report said.
The listed terrorist groups should be fought in accordance with relevant council resolutions and international law, and the safe haven established by terrorist forces in Syria should be eliminated, Zhang added.
"At the same time, the counter-terrorism operations should be cautious, not to harm civilians," Zhang said. "Weapons seized in the course of counter-terrorism operations should be investigated for their origins, and the channels for supplying weapons to terrorist organizations should be cut off.”
He also stressed that measures should be taken to prevent foreign terrorist fighters from fleeing to other countries or regions to continue their activities.