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Beijing maintains support for peaceful solution in Syria

Published on Aug 5, 2012 4:40 PM

CHINA (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - China reiterated its opposition to external unilateral force in Syria in a news briefing on Saturday, urging relevant countries to examine their own policies and motives rather than blame other countries.

China continues to support efforts at a peaceful, political solution for Syria and oppose outside intervention in Syria, Mr Wang Kejian, deputy director of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's West Asian and North African Affairs Department, said at a briefing.

"We should not easily close the window to a political solution, let alone start military intervention," said Mr Wang, adding that a cease-fire in Syria should be the priority and solving the issue needs both a sense of urgency and patience. Mr Wang said China is open to any settlement that respects the fundamental interest of Syrian people.

"China understands the desire of Arab countries and the Arab League for a swift resolution of the Syrian crisis," he said. "We have on numerous occasions stressed to various parties that the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Syrian people for change and for safeguarding their interests deserve respect," Mr Wang said.

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