UNITED NATIONS, April 16 (Xinhua) -- China here on Wednesday called on all parties concerned in Ukraine to start dialogue and consultation as soon as possible in order to seek a political settlement of the ongoing crisis in the country.
Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, made the remarks at a UN Security Council open meeting on the situation in Ukraine.
"China is deeply concerned about the escalation of the situation in Ukraine," Liu told the 15-member Council. "We hope that all parties there can keep calm, exercise restraint and prevent the situation from further deterioration."
He stressed that the priority now is to work within the framework of law and order, resolve differences through dialogue and negotiation, and fully accommodate the legitimate rights, interests and concerns of all regions and ethnic communities.
"This is the only approach that can bring lasting peace and stability to Ukraine in keeping with the long-term and fundamental interests of the nation as a whole and all its communities," he said.
The Chinese envoy noted that the Ukraine issue is highly complex and the only way out is to stay on the track of political settlement.
While calling on the international community to make constructive efforts and perform good offices to deescalate the situation in Ukraine, China has put forward a three-point proposal on seeking a political solution to the issue, Liu said.
"We have taken note of the ongoing discussion about the establishment of a multilateral mechanism for dialogue," he said. "We welcome these efforts which are largely in line with the Chinese proposal."
"China supports the early launch of dialogues and consultations between relevant parties, on the basis of full consideration and accommodation of all legitimate interests and concerns, to seek an ultimate solution that is acceptable to all," Liu said.