China welcomes UN resolution on Syria

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 28, 2013 12:30 hrs

Beijing, Sep 28 (IANS) China Saturday welcomed a UN resolution and a decision by an international chemical weapons watchdog on Syria's chemical weapons.

"China welcomes the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) decision and the United Nations Security Council's resolution on Syrian chemical weapons," Xinhua quoted foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang as saying.

Qin's comments came after the UN Security Council voted unanimously Friday to adopt a resolution aimed at ridding war-torn Syria of chemical weapons.

Earlier, the OPCW also agreed on a plan to destroy Syria's stockpile by mid-2014.

Qin said China's stance on chemical weapons is consistent and clear.

"We resolutely oppose use of chemical weapons by any country or person and strongly condemn the act of using chemical weapons in Syria," Qin said.

He underscored China's stance on resolving the Syrian chemical weapons issue and related issues through peaceful means, its opposition to external military intervention and its resolve to safeguard the principles of the UN charter and basic norms of international relations.

Qin said China expected the UN resolution and the OPCW decision to be fully and accurately implemented.

"We expect the OPCW and the UN to carry out checks and destruction of weapons in an objective, fair, neutral and professional way and urge all parties in Syria to offer full support and coordination," Qin said.

China would like to send experts to join in related work and offer financial help, Qin said.

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