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China warns not to politicize extension of UN force in Golan Heights

07-01-2011 09:15 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, June 30 (Xinhua) -- China said here Thursday that the international community should not link the extension of the mandate of the United Nations force monitoring the ceasefire in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria with the question of Syria so as to avoid complicating and politicizing the renewal of the mandate.

Wang Min, deputy permanent representative of Chinese Mission to the UN, made the remarks at the Security Council meeting on the renewal of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

"China is watching closely the situation in the Middle East. We commend UNDOF for the most important role it has played in maintaining regional stability and we support the smooth renewal of the UNDOF's mandate," said Wang.

He said the question of Syria is internal affairs of Syria. It should be left to the parties concerned to find a proper solution through dialogue and consultation.

"The question of Syria and the renewal of UNDOF's mandate are two distinct issues. They should not be linked together so as to avoid complicating and politicizing the renewal of UNDOF's mandate, " said Wang.

In a resolution adopted unanimously, Council members agreed to renew UNDOF, which was first established in 1974, by six months through Dec. 31 this year.

The resolution calls on both sides to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any breaches of the ceasefire or the area of separation.

Wang said at present, the situation in the Middle East is extremely complex and sensitive. He called on the international community to work in the way that is conducive to maintaining regional peace and stability, and facilitating the parties concerned to achieve a comprehensive, just and durable peace in the Middle East based on relevant Security Council resolutions.

Editor:Li Wanran |Source: Xinhua

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