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Chinese envoy meets Syrian opposition leader

02-19-2012 19:20 BJT

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Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun has appealed for an end to violence in Syria from all sides, including the government and opposition forces. The call came in Damascus on Saturday.

The special envoy met moderate opposition figure Qadri Jamil, as well as opposition figures Louay Hussein and Hassan Abdulazim.


China's Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun (R, back), a special envoy of the Chinese
government, meets with leader of the opposition Popular Will Party Qadri Jamil (L,
back) in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 18, 2012. (Xinhua/Qin Haishi)

Zhai Jun repeated during the talks, that China backs President Bashar al-Assad’s plan, for a referendum on February 26th, followed by multi-party elections to resolve the crisis.

Zhai said: "Our position is totally based on the fundamental and long-term interests of the Syrian people. We have no self-interest in the Syria issue, and take a completely objective and candid attitude."

"China’s stance is to end the violence and it urges all parties concerned in Syria to sit together and negotiate a comprehensive reform plan and mechanism."

Louay Hussein told Zhai Jun most of the opposition accepts a dialogue if the Syrian authorities would implement what is agreed.

But they also feel the authorities have lost credibility.

Amateur footage, purportedly filmed Saturday, has emerged.

It shows protesters in Damascus being shot at after chanting anti-government slogans.

Gunfire then follows and the crowd are seen to scatter and take shelter in nearby buildings.

According to the United Nations, 54-hundred people have died so far in the unrest that began 11 months ago.

China's Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun (R), a special envoy of the Chinese
government, meets with Loai Hussain, leader of the opposition Building Syria State
Party, in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 18, 2012. (Xinhua/Qin Haishi)

China's Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun (R), a special envoy of the Chinese
government, meets with Saleh Muslim Mohammed, deputy general coordinator of Syria's
national coordinating body, in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 18, 2012. (Xinhua/Qin Haishi)




Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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