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China, Russia reaffirm support for Syria

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 19:02

Damascus: China has repeated its opposition to military intervention in Syria.

Russia is also seeking to halt fresh UN Security Council action after hundreds were killed in Houla massacre.

"China opposes military intervention in Syria and opposes regime change by force," The Telegraph quoted foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin as saying.

Liu added that China urged all parties to implement UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan`s ceasefire proposal in Syria and to seek to end the bloody crisis through negotiations.

Support from Moscow and Beijing came as western nations such as United States, Britain and France expelled Syrian diplomats after the massacre.

France has floated in the idea of armed intervention to protect civilians.

Russia, along with China has vetoed two UN Security Council resolutions that are critical of President Bashar al-Assad`s regime, saying it was ``premature`` for the council to consider new action.

"We believe that a review now by the Security Council of any new measures on the situation would be premature," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said.

More than 13,000 people have been killed, most of them civilians, since the uprising against Assad`s regime erupted in March last year, according to a Britain-based Observatory.


First Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 18:38
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