Chinese envoy calls for efforts to promote peace in Yemen

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UNITED NATIONS, May 12 (Xinhua) — A Chinese envoy on Wednesday called for efforts to promote peace in Yemen and provide humanitarian assistance to the war-torn country.

There is a need to mobilize every diplomatic effort and to work strenuously toward a cease-fire in Yemen, said Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations.

The military conflict in Marib has not only displaced civilians with serious humanitarian consequences, but also exacerbated the confrontation between the parties, undermining the efforts toward a military settlement, he told the Security Council.

There is no military solution to the conflict. A political solution is in the interests of all parties, he said. China reiterates its condemnation of the attacks against civilian infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, and supports the work of the UN secretary-general’s special envoy for Yemen.

China welcomes the positive signals from Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni government for a peaceful resolution of the conflict and their commitments in this regard. China hopes that these efforts will get a positive response from the relevant party in Yemen, said Zhang.

He asked for efforts to leverage the roles of regional countries so as to push relentlessly for political talks.

The proposals for a nationwide cease-fire, lifting the blockade on Sanaa airport and Hodeidah port, and relaunching political negotiations have been on the table for months. But the negotiation process has been delayed again and again, he said. “We hope the special envoy will stay in close communication and coordination with regional countries to identify where the crux lies and encourage those countries with influence on the parties to play a greater role.”

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has put forward a five-point initiative on peace and stability in the Middle East in support of regional countries and peoples playing a major role to find political solutions to the Yemeni and other hot-spot issues. Regional countries have recently expressed their commitments to advancing the peace process in Yemen, and have engaged in friendly interactions among themselves. China hopes these positive signs will translate into tangible action of peacemaking, said Zhang. Enditem

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