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Statement by Ambassador He Yafei at the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the Human Rights Situation in Syria

Madame President,

China pays great attention to the situation in Syria. We are deeply saddened by and concerned about the continuous violent clashes taking place there. We would like to make the following observations on the situation in Syria.

Firstly, we hope all parties in Syria can show maximum restraint, refrain from all acts of violence, seek a political solution through dialogue and consultations, prevent violence from escalating and leading to more bloodshed, and restore stability and order to the country as soon as possible.

Secondly, the future of Syria should be determined by its people rather than being dictated by outside forces. The only solution to the current crisis in Syria is through an inclusive and Syrian-led political process.

Thirdly, the Syrian government is taking a series of reform measures. We urge the government to implement its reform commitments. We would also call upon all parties in Syria to participate constructively in the dialogue so as to jointly move forward the political process to diffuse tensions at an early date.

Madame President,

The turmoil affecting some countries of the Middle East and North Africa is seriously disrupting the economic and social development and people's lives in those countries. Syria is an important country in that region. The stability of Syria has significant impact on the overall stability and security of the Middle East.

The international community has made a lot of initiatives to solve the Syrian problem. We believe that these initiatives must be guided by the Purposes and Principles of the UN Charter and norms governing the international relations, and must fully respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria. Moreover, they should facilitate the realization of the following objectives: firstly, to help all parties to find an appropriate way to resolve their differences through dialogues and consultations, and secondly, to contribute to the maintenance of stability and normal public order in the country, and thirdly, to help maintaining overall stability and security of Middle East.

Madame President,

This is the second time in a year the Council meets in special session to discuss the human rights situation in Syria. It is our hope that in paying attention to and discussing this issue, the Council can maintain its impartiality and objectivity and base its actions on accurate and reliable information. We also hope that the special session will help to advance dialogue and cooperation, instead of turning into a forum to level accusations and exert pressures on the country, in order to bring an early solution to the problem in the interests of the healthy development of the international human rights cause.

Thank you, Madame President.


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