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FM hails UN resolution on peace plan

By Agencies

FM hails UN resolution on peace plan
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks to members of the Security Council at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, Dec 18, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

UNITED NATIONS - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Friday hailed the unanimous adoption of Resolution 2254 by the UN Security Council on the same day, calling it "fresh impetus to solve the Syrian crisis."

The resolution endorses an international roadmap for a Syrian-led political transition to end the country's conflict, which calls for Syrian peace talks to begin in early January.

"The resolution embodies the broad consensus of the international community, demonstrates the important role of the council, reflects the keen aspiration of the Syrian people and injects fresh impetus to politically solve the Syrian issue," Wang told a council meeting.

He called for effective implementation of the resolution "with a view to translating consensus into action and expectation into reality."

"All warring parties must stop fighting immediately. Those organizations and individuals that reject ceasefire would find themselves on the opposite side of the Syrian people," Wang said, calling on relevant countries to leverage their influence to engage various parties in Syria for a meaningful ceasefire.

The Syrian future must be independently decided by the Syrian people, Wang said, noting that the political process must be Syrian-led and Syrian-owned.

"The international community needs to foster an enabling environment and all parties should create a favorable condition for that," Wang said.

The Chinese top diplomat also emphasized that the UN should be the main channel for mediation.

While attending the third ministerial-level meeting of the International Support Group for Syria in New York on Friday, Wang called for representative, balanced and inclusive Syria talks.

All the opposition groups that support a political settlement and do not engage in extreme, terrorist activities should have the opportunity to participate in future Syria peace talks, Wang said.

The United Nations can also be invited to participate in the talks to lend authority and legitimacy to the talks, he said.

The resolution gives a UN blessing to a plan negotiated previously in Vienna that calls for a ceasefire, talks between the Syrian government and opposition, and a roughly two-year timeline to create a unity government and hold elections. But it did not address the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The resolution also calls for the UN to present the council with options for monitoring a ceasefire within one month.

Before the Security Council meeting, Wang briefed the Chinese media on the third foreign minister meeting of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) held earlier in the day, noting that China has held a clear and firm position on the Syrian issue. "We are committed to political solution," Wang said, stressing that China will always "vote for peace".

On China's role in solving the Syrian issue, Wang pointed out that China does not have or pursue self-interests, adding that China's goal is always to avoid war and turmoil and to give peace a chance.

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