“China, as a permanent member of the Security Council, has a critical role to support the work of the UN special envoy (Staffan de Mistura) and the peace process as a whole,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, at a regular briefing, in answering a question about China’s role on the Syrian issue.
Dujarric also said the UN welcomes China’s recent move to name Xie Xiaoyan as a special envoy on the Syrian issue.
In appointing a special envoy for Syria on March 29, China has shown a more active role in addressing the conflict in the Middle East country.
In Geneva, Switzerland, De Mistura said Wednesday that the second round of proximity talks aiming to broker a political end to the Syrian crisis has started.
China holds the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for April. Under China’s leadership, the 15-member Council is expected to look at three aspects of the Syrian issue, namely the political process, use of chemical weapons and humanitarian access. Endit