1st LD: Syrian parties should diffuse differences to find political solution: Chinese envoy

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UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese envoy said Wednesday that parties to the Syrian conflict should diffuse differences in negotiations and find a political solution together.

"The Syrian parties should proceed from the future of the country and the fundamental interests of its people, diffuse differences in negotiations, advance national reconciliation, and gradually find a political solution in conformity with the reality of Syria and taking into account the legitimate concerns of all parties," Wu Haitao, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, told a Security Council meeting about detainees, abductees and missing persons in Syria.

Speaking of China's views on the matter, Wu said that "China is concerned with the overall humanitarian situation in Syria and is concerned with the livelihood of the Syrian people."

"Years of conflict resulted in a tremendous need for humanitarian assistance in Syria," he said, adding that economic sanctions made the situation worse for the living conditions of the Syrian people.

"The international community should continue to provide monetary and material assistance to the Syrian people and support the rebuilding effort of the Syrian Government and people," the envoy added.

The United States, which made the original request for the meeting, was joined by eight other Council members in calling for it: Belgium, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and Britain.

The idea of organizing a meeting about detainees, abductees and missing persons in Syria has been discussed among Council members since at least September 2018, when it was mentioned as a possibility at a high-level meeting in the margins of the General Assembly's general debate, according to the Security Council Report (SCR), whose mission is to advance the transparency and effectiveness of the Security Council. Enditem

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