China says willing to help in Syria chemical weapons process

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon greets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the United Nations headquarters prior to the start of the UN general assembly, in New York, Sept 22, 2013. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told UN Secretary General Ban Ki M
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon greets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the United Nations headquarters prior to the start of the UN general assembly, in New York, Sept 22, 2013. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon that China is willing to send experts to help in the Syrian chemical weapons destruction process, and reiterated that a political solution is the only way to solve the crisis in Syria. -- PHOTO: AFP  

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon that China is willing to send experts to help in the Syrian chemical weapons destruction process, and reiterated that a political solution is the only way to solve the crisis in Syria.

"Currently, it is important that the UN Security Council should maintain unity, overcome their differences and find a consensus so as to send a signal of unity to the outside," Mr Wang was quoted as telling Mr Ban in a statement posted on the website of China's foreign ministry.

Mr Wang said China supports "the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' quick objective, fair and professional process of starting the Syrian chemical weapons'destruction process".

"China is willing to send experts to participate in the relevant work," the statement said.