Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan talked over
phone with Mahmoud Moussa, Secretary-general of the League
of Arab States on October 2nd, 2001.
reiterated China's basic position on anti-terrorism and
pointed out that international cooperation should be
strengthened in combating terrorism. The United Nations
should be given full play in the global anti-terror campaign
and said all military operations should conform to the tenet
and principles of the UN Charter. Evidence should
be concrete and targets be clear so that innocent civilians
will not be injured. China greatly appreciated the firm
anti- terrorism stance adopted by the Arab states and is
willing to work with them on anti-terrorist
Moussa said that he attached
importance to and fully agreed with China's principled
stance in anti-terrorism. Noting that terrorism is a complex
issue, he said military operations alone, at this point,
cannot thoroughly resolve the problem. He called for
extensive international cooperation in the fight against
terrorism, saying that currently priority should be given to
enhanced international consultation and cooperation.
Moussa also expressed the worries of the Arab
states in regard to the deteriorating situation in Palestine
and the difficulty in securing the resumption of the Middle
East peace talks.
Tang reaffirmed the
unswerving support of China to the just struggle of the
Palestine and Arab people. We believe that it is imperative
for Israel and Palestine to realize a cease-fire so as to
create conditions for the resumption of peace talks.
Under the current circumstances, it is more than
necessary for the international community to take joint
actions and push forward the peace talks more
Tang stressed that China is ready to
strengthen consultation and cooperation with LAS and all
other Arab states both in anti- terrorist cooperation and
the advance of Mideast peace process.
Tang had phone conversations with Pakistani Foreign Minister
Mian Abdul Sattar Laleka and Bulgarian Foreign Minister
Solomon Passy, during which they exchanged views on
bilateral ties and anti-terrorist cooperation.