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Actions on Syria must be based on results of UN investigation, China's Foreign Ministry says

September 02, 2013, 19:20 UTC+3

China supports independent, fair, objective and professional investigation

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BEIJING, September 2 (Itar-Tass) - The United States supplied to China data on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a briefing on Monday.

“China is against the use of chemical weapons by anybody and supports an independent, fair, objective and professional investigation conducted by the United Nations,” the diplomat said. “China constantly follows the developments in Syria and, as ever, believes that the Syrian question must be decided by political methods only,” he said.

“The PRC is seriously concerned over the fact that certain countries want to deal a unilateral military strike at Syria,” he said.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman noted that the international community, taking actions, must respect the United Nations Charter, the principles of that organization and the fundamental principles of international relations. The aggravation of the situation in Syria and further worsening of the situation in the Middle East should be avoided, he said.

“I do believe that any actions of the world community [regarding Syria] must be based on the results of the investigation into the use of chemical weapons, which must provide the answer as to whether chemical weapons were used in Syria and who used them,” Hong Lei said.

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