China urges end to foreign troops’ plundering of natural resources in Syria

New York, SANA- China has reiterated the call for ending the illegal plundering of natural resources in Syria by foreign troops immediately.

“The illegal presence of foreign troops and their illegal military operations in Syria must end,” Dai Bing, China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations was quoted by Xinhua as saying, adding that Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity should be fully respected.

Addressing a UN Security Council briefing on Syria, Dai urged the international community to abide by international law and Security Council resolutions, adopt unified standards, combat all terrorists in Syria with zero tolerance, and “cease condoning, shielding, or politically exploiting terrorist forces.”

Dai renewed China’s demand for an immediate and complete lifting of the unilateral coercive measures imposed against Syria.

He noted that unilateral sanctions and the resulting over-compliance run counter to the efforts of the Security Council and the wider international community to improve humanitarian access and increase humanitarian resources in Syria.

The cross-border mechanism of humanitarian deliveries is a temporary arrangement under special circumstances, and ultimately, there should be a gradual and orderly transition to cross-line deliveries in Syria, he noted.

Bushra Dabin/ Ruaa al-Jazaeri

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