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Next month's peace conference only viable chance to end Syrian conflict: Pakistan

18 December, 2013

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NEW YORK: Pakistan has said next month's international peace conference for Syria is the only viable chance of ending the deadly three-year-old conflict.

Ambassador Masood Khan told the UN Security Council that a dialogue on ceasefire‚ a broad agreement and peace must start to ensure peace in that country.

He said it is now critical to ensure that the sides finalize the list of their representatives and participate in the conference without pre-conditions.

Masood Khan called for energizing the Security Council and the diplomatic Quartet‚ Russia‚ the United States‚ the United Nations and the European Union‚ to forestall the possibility of a breakdown.

He regretted Israel's announcement about advancement of the construction of another eight hundred settlement units in occupied East-Jerusalem.

Masood Khan said a one-State reality is in no one's interest. He said the only viable and sustainable solution lies in the establishment of an independent and contiguous State of Palestine‚ based on 1967 borders‚ with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

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