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Chinese FM at Geneva meeting on Syria (GI)
Chinese FM at Geneva meeting on Syria (GI)

China speaks positively of Geneva meeting on Syria

(DP-News - agencies)
Geneva- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said on Saturday that the outcome of the Action Group on Syria ministerial meeting has great significance for a political settlement of the Syrian issue.

He told reporters after ministers concluded a meeting all day long that the participating parties agreed to continue their support for the mediation of UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan.

China joined the United States and Russia on Saturday in calling for a transitional government to replace the Bashar al-Assad`s regime in Syria, a major shift after a bloody conflict in which Syrian regime has used the army and police to fight a pro-democracy uprising.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said "China speaks positively of the above-mentioned outcome,".

Yang stressed that the mentioning of the "transitional governing body" is designed to provide constructive assistance to a political transition process in Syria, encourage all parties in Syria to swiftly launch an inclusive political dialogue so as to seek an appropriate solution to the ongoing crisis.

He said that the transitional plan regarding Syria can only be led by Syrians and with the approval of all important sides in Syria, stressing that outsiders cannot make decisions on behalf of the Syrian people.

"I wish to emphasize here that the political transition process in Syria should be led by the Syrian people and truly owned by the people of Syria. As for the specific issues as the composition of the 'transitional governing body' and its operation, they should be agreed on the basis of a dialogue among Syrian government and other relevant parties of Syria." Yang said.

Yang affirmed that China welcomes the results of the meeting in terms of agreement in principles and headlines in terms of transition in Syria, adding that as long as sides are committed to neutral , patient in-depth talks, then understanding can be achieved.

He added that China will continue to take a constructive part in the activities of the Action Group, maintain communication and coordination with relevant parties of the international community, work on the Syrian government and the opposition in an active and balanced manner, and make unremitting efforts to find a just, peaceful and appropriate solution to the Syrian issue at an early date.

An international conference on Saturday accepted a U.N.-brokered peace plan for Syria, but left open the key question of whether the country's President could be part of a transitional government.

The Geneva deal was forged amid deep divisions between Western and Arab countries and China and Russia on how to end the violence.
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