SCO states rule out warfare in resolving Syrian crisis

SCO states rule out warfare in resolving Syrian crisis

The member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) confirmed, in their joint declaration on the outcome of the Qingdao summit, the absence of alternatives to a political resolution to the Syrian crisis, and called on all the parties to the conflict to take steps to implement the agreement on the de-escalation zones in the country, Sputnik reports.

The Qingdao Declaration stressed that the Syrian crisis should only be resolved through an inclusive political process led by the Syrians themselves, which should be conducted in compliance with the UN Security Council's resolutions and with respect for Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

The SCO member states have also expressed in the Qingdao Declaration their support for the peace talks in Geneva and called on the parties to the conflict to take concrete steps to implement the memorandum on the creation of de-escalation zones in Syria in order to create an enabling environment for the political settlement in the country.

The SCO countries have reiterated the inadmissibility of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and their support for an impartial and credible investigation into the chemical attacks in the country.