China says Syria peace talks "not progressing as smoothly" as wished

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Ambassador Liu Jieyi of China is the Security Council president for November.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi has expressed concern at the current pace of negotiations in convening the Geneva II peace conference on Syria.

Ambassador Jieyi told reporters in New York on Monday that "things are not progressing as smoothly as wished".

China holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council for the month of November.

"We would hope that efforts will be made with greater determination at the national, regional and international levels so that the relevant sides are persuaded to go the negotiating table without preconditions; and to really sit down, and work out the political future of the country through negotiations, through dialogue, and this would be in the fundamental interest of the Syrian people, of the region, and also this will give us the best way forward."

The Chinese Ambassador hailed the progress of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations overseeing the destruction of Syria’s weapons programme and said he hoped "the positive momentum" would continue.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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