China says willing to help in Syria chemical weapons process

China says willing to help in Syria chemical weapons process
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands as he meets with United Nations General Secretary Ban-Ki Moon at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 22, 2013.

BEIJING, Sept 23 - China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that China is willing to send experts to help in the Syrian chemical weapons destruction process, and reiterated that a political solution is the only way to solve the crisis in Syria.

"Currently, it is important that the UN Security Council should maintain unity, overcome their differences and find a consensus so as to send a signal of unity to the outside," Wang was quoted as telling Ban in a statement posted on the website of China's foreign ministry.

Wang said China supports "the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' quick objective, fair and professional process of starting the Syrian chemical weapons'destruction process".

"China is willing to send experts to participate in the relevant work," the statement said.

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