China seeks political solution to Syrian question
United Nations, Dec 10 (IANS) A Chinese envoy to the UN has called on the international community and the UN to maintain the overarching direction of seeking a political solution to the question of Syria.
Wu Haitao, China’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, made the appeal at a UN General Assembly meeting on Syria on Friday, at which a resolution demanding unhindered and unconditional humanitarian access throughout Syria was adopted, Xinuha news agency reported.
“China is deeply concerned about the continuous escalation of conflict in Syria and worsening humanitarian situation in the relevant areas,” said Wu.
“All efforts made should aim at facilitating the work of four tracks, namely a resumption of ceasefire, political negotiations, joint fight against terrorism and humanitarian assistance,” he said, adding that the efforts should be Syrian-owned and Syrian-led.
Noting countries like Russia and the United States are actively engaging diplomatic efforts to ease the tension on the ground, Wu said “any measure taken by any party must respect the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria,” and “aim at solving problems rather than complicating issues.”
Wu also said that China is ready to join hands with the international community in a common search for a political settlement in Syria at an early date.