China calls for unconditional ceasefire in Lebanon
Updated: 2006-08-08 06:20
China's special envoy on the Middle East, Sun Bigan, called here Monday for
an immediate unconditional ceasefire in conflict between Israel and Lebanon's
"Israel and Lebanese Hezbollah should end hostilities immediately to avoid
further deterioration of humanitarian crisis in Lebanon," Sun told a press
conference following a closed-door meeting with Syrian Vice President Farouk
The Chinese envoy, who arrived in Damascus on Sunday to begin a regional
tour, said he had cancelled a scheduled visit to Lebanon' s capital Beirut
because the main bridges on the road linking Damascus to Beirut had been
destroyed by Israeli air strikes.
Sun expressed China's willingness to intensify consultation and coordination
with Arab nations in a bid to defuse the tension in the region.
He urged all concerned parties to set up a political framework for a
long-term solution to the conflict.
As for the draft UN Security Council resolution to end the fighting presented
by France and the United States, he said that any resolution should fully take
the concerned parties' opinions into consideration.
The Chinese envoy also called for emergency aid for Lebanon to ease the
Sun will head to Israel, the Palestinian territories, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Israel launched a massive assault against Lebanese Hezbollah on July 12 after
two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped and eight others killed by the Shiite group
in cross-border attack.