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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Remarks on the UN Security Council Voting on Draft Resolution on the Mandate Renewal of Cross-Border Humanitarian Relief Mechanism in Syria

2019-12-21

Q: On December 20, New York time, the UN Security Council voted on the draft resolution on the mandate renewal of cross-border humanitarian relief mechanism in Syria proposed by countries including Germany. China and Russia voted against the draft resolution. I wonder what is China's comment on that?

A: Ambassador Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, has elaborated China's position in his statement at the Security Council.

I want to stress that China attaches great importance to the humanitarian situation in Syria and has actively participated in the discussions on the relevant draft resolution at the Security Council. We have done a lot of work to help all parties to bridge differences. Cross-border humanitarian relief is a special relief method adopted under specific circumstances. It should be based on full respect for Syria's sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity as well as the Syrian government's views, and it should be evaluated and adjusted in light of the developments on the ground. Regrettably, the final texts were not in line with the above spirit, bringing serious difficulties for China. Countries that proposed the draft resolution forcefully pushed a vote on them despite major divergences. They do not contribute to the solidarity and authority of the Security Council, nor do they help to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria. Therefore, China voted against the draft resolution.

China stands ready to, along with all parties, continue to make constructive efforts for the political settlement of the Syrian issue, which is the fundamental means to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria.

I would also like to point out that China firmly rejects the groundless accusations on China by some countries. China cast its vote based on the merits of the matter itself and the fundamental interests of the Syrian people. Certain countries should earnestly reflect on their words and deeds since their wrong actions inflicted sufferings on the Syrian people.

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