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    'Entirely Domestic Affair': Assad's Fate Depends on Syrian People - Beijing

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    The fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad rests squarely on the people of Syria, China’s Special Envoy for Syria Xie Xiaoyan told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The latest UN Security Council resolution adopted last December by a group of regional and global powers upholds previous assertions that Syrian people alone hold the responsibility to decide the future of Syria.

    "China always believed that whether President Assad should stay or go is an entirely domestic affair of Syria and is not our focus on the Syrian issue," Xie said after talks with the Russian Foreign Ministry’s envoy for Middle Eastern settlement Sergei Vershinin held on Thursday.

    On issues concerning Syria’s future as a country, the Chinese diplomat affirmed Beijing’s position that "the Syrian people should have the largest say, and it is their decision to make."

    "We respect the will and choices of the Syrian people," Xie stressed.

    The UN Security Council Resolution 2254, passed in December, reaffirms the goals of previous agreements to end the bombardment of civilians in Syria, bring the entire spectrum of political groups in the crisis-torn country to the negotiating table and promote a lasting political resolution of the crisis.


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