CHINA URGES DI­A­LOGUE TO RE­SOLVE CON­FLICT

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

China called on all par­ties in the South Su­dan con­flict to cease hos­til­i­ties im­me­di­ately and re­solve their dif­fer­ences through di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tion.

Vice-For­eign Min­is­ter Zhang Ming said on Tues­day that Bei­jing is highly con­cerned about the sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try and wor­ried about the con­flicts.

“The most im­por­tant task for South Su­dan is to con­cen­trate on con­struc­tion and devel­op­ment. The con­flict has not only hurt South Su­dan’s econ­omy, but also in­flu­enced the mem­ber coun­tries of the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Author­ity on Devel­op­ment as well as re­gional peace and sta­bil­ity,”

Kiir told the US spe­cial en­voy to the coun­try on Mon­day that he is ready for talks with Machar “with­out pre­con­di­tions” to end the vi­o­lence there.

Ban told re­porters ear­lier on Mon­day that some 45,000 civil­ians were seek­ing pro­tec­tion at Zhang said dur­ing a meet­ing with di­plo­mats from Su­dan and IGAD mem­ber states.

Zhang said China has al­ways sup­ported African coun­tries to solve their prob­lems through the “African way”. China highly ap­pre­ci­ates the IGAD’s effort in send­ing a me­di­a­tor group to South Su­dan, and hopes that the IGAD can urge the par­ties of the con­flict to re­main calm and ex­er­cise re­straint.

“China will help pro­mote peace talks and is will­ing to co­op­er­ate with the IGAD, African Union and in­ter­na­tional society to re­store or­der and sta­bil­ity in South Su­dan as soon as pos­si­ble,” Zhang said. UN bases in South Su­dan.

“The world is watch­ing all sides in South Su­dan. At­tacks on civil­ians and the UN peace­keep­ers de­ployed to pro­tect them must cease.”

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