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UK-CHINA STATEMENT ON SYRIA

2016/01/05

The UK and China remain deeply concerned bythe continued suffering of the Syrian people, the dire and deterioratinghumanitarian situation, the ongoing conflict and its persistent and brutalviolence, the negative impact of terrorism and violent extremist ideology insupport of terrorism, the destabilizing effect of the crisis on the region andbeyond. The conflict has already claimed hundreds of thousands of lives anddisplaced millions of people.

As members of the P5 we voted in favour ofthe recent UNSCR 2254. We will continue to engage actively in the ISSG and workwith countries from around the region to ensure a Syrian-led and Syrian-ownedpolitical transition based on the 2012 Geneva Communiqué in its entirety whichwill help bring an end to the fighting including through the establishment ofan inclusive transitional governing body with full executive powers, whichshall be formed on the basis of mutual consent while ensuring continuity ofgovernmental institutions. We both commit ourselves to promote the politicalsettlement of the Syrian issue. We stress that the Syrian people will decide thefuture of Syria, with the UN playing the role as the main mediator. Weacknowledge the close linkage between a ceasefire and a parallel politicalprocess and reconfirm our support for anational ceasefire as set out in UNSCR2254.

The humanitarian situation is extremelyserious and requires urgent support. There are 13.5 million Syrians in need ofhumanitarian assistance. We call on the international community to do more andwe, alongside over sixty other countries, will come together at the LondonConference in February to agree how to provide immediate assistance – includingresponding to the UN's urgent request for further funding – and also provide support over the longer term.

We agree to advance counter terrorism and apolitical settlement in parallel. Both our countries face threats fromterrorism, and have a shared interest in defeating all terrorist groups inSyria and Iraq as designated by the UN Security Council. We emphasise thatterrorism in all forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most seriousthreats to international peace and security and that any acts of terrorism arecriminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and bywhoever committed. We will continue to support efforts to tackle terrorism andits root causes in the MENA region and elsewhere, including the ongoingconflict in Syria.

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