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Use of force not solution to Syrian crisis: Chinese envoy

04-29-2011 21:38 BJT

GENEVA, April 29 (Xinhua) -- The use or threat of force should be ruled out in dealing with the Syrian crisis, Chinese Ambassador He Yafei said at a special session of UN Human Rights Council on Syria Friday.

The use or threat of force "cannot not bring a solution to the problem and will only cause a greater humanitarian crisis," He said.

Addressing the Human Rights Council, he said China welcomed the moves taken by the Syrian government, such as lifting of the state of emergency and beginning of political reforms, as well as a call for national dialogue and decision to investigate all the recent events.

The Chinese envoy also expressed his concern over the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa. The unrest, he said, has not only affected those countries' stability and disrupted their economic and social development as well as people's normal life, but also undermined the regional security.

Apart from the principle of non-use of force, China also insists that the solution to the Syrian crisis should be in accordance with the UN Charter and the international law while respecting independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the countries concerned, and refraining from interfering in their internal affairs.

"Any help from the international community has to be of a constructive nature, which is conducive to the restoration of stability and public order and ensuring the maintenance of normal economic and social life," He said.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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