China condemns, in the strongest terms, the brutal killing of innocent civilians that took place in the town of Houleh in Syria.
China supports a thorough investigation into the killing so as to establish the truth as soon as possible. The killing underscores once again the urgency for Syria to achieve a comprehensive cease-fire and a halt to all violence. We urge all concerned parties to carry out immediately, fully and effectively relevant Security Council resolutions and Mr. Annan's six-point proposal, to put an end to all acts of violence, and to reduce tensions so that conditions can be created for a political solution of the Syrian issue.
China supports the Council' s holding of a debate and speaking with one voice on the Syrian issue. However, we believe that any such debate must be in the interest of reducing tension, and be conducive to a political process to find the solution of the Syrian issue, and be helpful to the mediation efforts by Mr. Kofi Annan, the Special Envoy.
Regrettably, we find the current draft resolution fails to comply with the above-mentioned principles. Its contents are neither balanced nor objective. The draft prejudges the outcome of the investigations that is being carried out by the UN and the Syrian Government on the killing in Houleh; The fact that the draft contains a number of requests to the Syrian government while making little to none request to the other parties in Syria will only do harm to political solution to the Syrian issue. The request made in the draft to the Commission of Inquiry to investigate into the Houleh incident will only serve to duplicate, if not undermine, the investigation being conducted by the UN Secretary-General and the UN Supervision Mission in Syria. The invitation to Special Envoy Kofi Annan for a briefing in the Council is a matter that goes beyond the mandate of the Council.
China has been an active participant in the consultation on the draft resolution. Together with some other countries, we put forward a number of constructive amendments to the sponsors with the purpose of producing a balanced and objective resolution, which can enjoy universal support of the Council members and be adopted by consensus. However, the sponsor countries refused to take on board other countries' opinions or suggestions, and rejected the changes that could have improved the draft.
In view of the forgoing, China will vote against the draft resolution.
We are saddened by the division once again of the Council which has been caused by the arrogance of the co-sponsors. Let me take this opportunity to reaffirm that China is a friend to all Arab people. China abides by the purpose and principles of the UN Charter. China is committed to maintaining the independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Syria as well as peace and stability in the Middle East. China is not bias to any one party in Syria, including the Syrian government. China supports Syrian people's independently choosing their political system and developmental path. China will continue to work together with the international community in searching for an early, fair, peaceful and sound settlement of the Syrian issue.