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China calls for political solution to Syrian crisis 

Beijing, Sep 30 (IANS) China again called for a political solution to the crisis in Syria as Russia, the US and the United Nations hastened diplomatic efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country.

“China noticed the initiatives pushed forward by the parties involved. We are open to all the initiatives as long as they are conducive to a political settlement on the Syrian crisis,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said on Wednesday.

UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura visited Syria earlier this month for talks with top Syrian officials to find a political solution to the Syria crisis, Xinhua news agency reported.

“China stresses five points in resolving the Syrian issue,” Hong said.

First, the Syrian crisis must be resolved through political means, with no option for military use, and all the parties should express their expectations through dialogue and negotiation.

Second, the Syrian people have the say in the future of their nation and political transition in the country can only be led by its people.

Third, an inclusive political process must be promoted, and equal and open dialogue should be started as soon as possible.

Fourth, national reconciliation and unity must be achieved in Syria.

Finally, humanitarian assistance must be delivered to Syria and its neighbouring countries.

In addition, the anti-terrorism situation in Syria should also be considered, Hong said.

The spokesperson urged parties concerned to find a “middle way” that met Syria’s national conditions and the interests of all parties, to bring about a proper resolution.

“China will continue to work with the international community to strive for the settlement of the issue,” he said.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, over four million Syrian refugees have had to flee the country to date, most of them finding refuge in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and North Africa.

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