BEIJING — A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman yesterday said the country’s position on the upcoming “Friends of Syria” meeting has not changed, indicating it would continue with its policy of not attending the events.
Liu Weimin told a regular press briefing: “At this point, there is no information that China will attend the meeting.”
His remarks came after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Russia would not attend the meeting to be held in Paris this week.
China believes that the urgent task is to implement the outcome of the Geneva meeting, a ministerial-level meeting of the Action Group on Syria, according to Liu.
China and Russia didn’t attend Friends of Syria meetings held in Tunisia in February and Turkey in April.
Meanwhile, Syria welcomed yesterday the final communique issued Saturday by the action group meeting on Syria, Syrian foreign ministry said.
Syria welcomes the final communique, particularly the “essential points that talked about committing to Syria’s sovereignty and independence . . . in addition to calling for halting the violence . . . and not militarise the crisis,” the ministry said in a statement yesterday.
The Syrian ministry, however, said there are a few vague points in the statement that need clarification, stopping short of specifying those points.
The ministry renewed the country’s commitment to the six-point peace plan of UN-Arab League joint special envoy Kofi Annan.
It noted that Syria is ready to embark on a national dialogue with all parties in order to reach a consensus on a programme to end the crisis, emanating from the
concept that the Syrian people make the decisions to build its future.
An action group comprising of some world powers met Saturday in Geneva and agreed that a transitional government should be set up in Syria to end the
16-month-long conflict but did not stipulate the ouster of president Bashar al-Assad.
The meeting marks the first consensus among super powers regarding the Syrian issue, despite under-the-hood differences that were leaked to the media such as how
Russia managed to make the new approach more balanced after the United States had stipulated the ouster of Assad as a common ground for the Geneva talks. — Xinhua.