`China calls on both sides to end Syria violence`

Last Updated: Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 20:49

Beijing: China on Sunday called on the Syrian
government and other "parties concerned" to cease all acts of
violence and seek a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

The foreign ministry had released a statement, attributed
to an unnamed official, calling for dialogue between the
regime and those expressing "political aspirations," state
news agency Xinhua said, citing the ministry.

"In the statement, the leading official urges the Syrian
Government and parties concerned to immediately, fully, and
unconditionally cease all acts of violence, particularly
violence against innocent civilians," Xinhua reported.

"Various factions in Syria should express political
aspirations through non-violent means," the statement said.

It also said that China, which has twice joined Russia in
blocking UN Security Council condemnation of the Damascus
regime`s deadly crackdown of an 11-month uprising, did not
support outside interference.

"China does not approve of armed interference or pushing
for `regime change` in Syria, and believes that use or threat
of sanctions does not help to resolve this issue
appropriately," the anonymous official was quoted as saying.

"We oppose anyone to interfering in Syria`s internal
affairs under the pretext `humanitarian` issues," the official
was reported to have added.

He said China was "ready to provide humanitarian
assistance" and that aid should be delivered by the
international community only in a way that respects "Syria`s
sovereignty".

Last month Beijing and Moscow incurred the wrath of
Western nations when they vetoed a UN resolution calling on
President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

On Thursday China and Russia signed up to a UN Security
Council statement calling on Syria to allow "immediate"
humanitarian access to protest cities.

However, Syrian government has since been accused of
preventing the Red Cross from delivering much needed aid to
the vanquished rebel stronghold of Baba Amr, amid reports of
brutal reprisals there by government forces.

UN and right groups say upwards of 7,500 people, mostly
civilians, have been killed nationwide in the revolt against
Assad which started more than 11 months ago.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 20:49

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