China supports Russian proposal on Syrian disarmament

Updated: 2013-09-13 19:55


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BISHKEK - Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Friday that Beijing supports Russia's proposal that Syria surrender its chemical weapons to international control for their eventual destruction.

China pays high attention to the Syrian situation, the Chinese leader said while addressing the 13th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Beijing supports the international community in seeking a ceasefire and an end to violence and in mediating dialogues and negotiations, he said, urging both sides in the Syrian conflict to find a political solution to the crisis.

Voicing China's support for Russia's proposal, Xi said China is ready to enhance communication and coordination with related parties through the UN Security Council, and will continue its unremitting efforts in facilitating a political settlement.

Other participating heads of state also called for an immediate end to violence, an early start of inclusive political dialogues and the convening of an international conference.

They also endorsed the idea of putting Syria's chemical weapons under international control and gradually destroying them.

Speaking at a regular press briefing on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei welcomed Russia's proposal, saying it offered "an important opportunity" to relieve the current tension.

"Important opportunities have emerged on easing tension in Syria. We hope all parties can grasp the opportunities and give a positive and rational response," Hong said.



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Sept 13: Attend the 13th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.


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