China: Political Solution to End Syrian Conflict

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China urged political solution to end the conflict in Syria.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has reiterated the stance of China about the Syrian conflict and how to resolve the crisis in the Arab country after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has begun with the examination of the list of Syria’s chemical weapons program and postponed a planned meeting in The Hague for Sunday in order to finish the investigation of the declaration of chemical arms by the Syrian government of President al-Assad in advance of a meeting on Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal and the Russian-US deal in order to put the chemical arms stockpiles of Syria under an international supervision.

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Yesterday, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has reiterated the position of China about the conflict in Syria and the way of how to resolve the Syrian crisis. Chinas Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for a diplomatic and political solution to end the conflict in Syria and stated that the Chinese administration in Beijing supports the “early launch of the process” to get rid of the chemical weapons arsenal in Syria.

Of course, in regards of the upcoming resolution by the UN Security Council (UNSC) on the US-Russian agreement and plan to put Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles under an international control to destroy the chemical arms later, it is clear that China shares the views of the Russian administration in Moscow and thus, rejects the idea of the United States to include a reference to the Chapter 7 of the UN Charter in the resolution on Syria. The Chapter 7 of the UN Charter would allow the use of (military) force in order to “restore international peace” again.

Washington and Moscow agreed on the so-called “Russian initiative” after the alleged slip of the tongue by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva on September 14. This agreement between the United States and Moscow is about the elimination of the chemical weapons arsenal in Syria by mid-2014. President al-Assad has already confirmed that the Syrian governance in Damascus will adhere to the US-Russian deal on the chemical weapons in Syria. The government of Syria accepted the Russian proposal just a day after its announcement.

As mentioned, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with its headquarters in The Hague received the list about Syria’s chemical weapons program yesterday. The organization for the monitoring and promoting of the destruction of chemical weapons and the situation in regards of chemical arms in its member states is currently examining the initial declaration by the Syrian government about its chemical weapons program.

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A planned meeting on Sunday was postponed. However, it is to expect that the Executive Committee of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will meet in The Hague when the examination of Syria’s “initial declaration” on its chemical arms program is finished.

And while China and Russia, as well as other countries of the “international community” speak about a political solution to the Syrian conflict, the White House in Washington has yet again spoken about military options against Damascus.

The United States want to have the option to carry out military strikes as “consequences” against Syria if the Syrian government and President Bashar al-Assad do not comply with the US-Russia deal on the chemical weapons on Syrian soil. The debates between the United States and the officials from Russia and China at the upcoming meetings of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council (UNSC) will be sure interesting.

Meanwhile, the Technical Secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is already investigating the list about Syria’s chemical weapons program and it is to hope that the results will be positive.

However, it is also to expect that details of the chemical weapons program will leak to the public, despite the statement by the spokesman of the OPCW that the organization in The Hague will not publish any details of Syria’s list on its chemical weapons program.

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