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    » 02/18/2012, 00.00

    SYRIA - CHINA

    Chinese envoy in Damascus to "strengthen cooperation"



    Beijing remains opposed to a violent regime change or the intervention of an external military force and hopes for the expansion of the internal dialogue and reform. Yesterday 40 people were killed.

    Damascus (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Chinese Deputy- Foreign Minister, Zhai Jun, is in Damascus for a two-day visit. He arrived last night, meeting with his counterpart Faisal Meqdad specifying how "strengthening cooperation" with Syria, faced with a crisis after 11 months of insurgency, demanding President Bashar Assad step aside.

    Zhai said that "the sovereignty, unity, independence and territorial integrity of Syria must be respected by all parties [in conflict] and the international community." "China - he added - hopes that national dialogue and reforms will go forward".

    Before his departure fromBeijing Zhai recalled that his country does not share in calls for "armed intervention" or a "so-called regime change obtained by force."

    Beijing's position is very similar to that of Russia. On 4 February, China and Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution, which condemned the Assad regime and the violence of the army against the Syrian people.

    Two days ago, Moscow and Beijing even voted against a resolution adopted by a large majority of the UN General Assembly because it contained no condemnation of the widespread violence of the armed opposition.

    Next week a meeting between Western and Arab countries the "Friends of Syria" will take place in Tunis, to discuss possible aid to the Syrian resistance (possibly military support). The Arab League has long called for Assad to relinquish power and suggested a UN and Arab military force is needed to stop the violence of the regime.

    Meanwhile, opposition activists claimed yesterday that security forces killed at least 40 people. But these reports are difficult to confirm because there are no independent sources in the country.

     

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    See also

    17/02/2012 SYRIA - UN
    UN General Assembly condemns Syria
    The non-binding resolution was supported by 137 in favour, 12 against and 17 abstentions. It does not criticize opposition violence. Ban Ki-moon calls on Assad to stop possible "crimes against humanity". Russian and Chinese envoys in Damascus; in Tunis, Western and Arab countries studying support maybe even military intervention. No attention paid to what Syrian people want.

    03/08/2012 SYRIA - VATICAN
    Syria at a dead end: listen to the Pope (and Kofi Annan)
    Kofi Annan’s resignation casts a dark shadow over the situation in Syria. The escalation of violence is the responsibility of Assad and the opposition, whose plans for the nation’s future rest on eliminating each other. Divisions mire the Security Council: member states choose sides and sponsor their military and economic support. Annan: We need a comprehensive political process. The Pope: "wisdom of heart " to reach a political settlement.

    01/02/2012 UN-SYRIA
    UN deadlock over Syria. Russia and China block Arab League plan
    The United Nations Security Council discussed the Syrian crisis for a whole day without reaching a conclusion. India is also opposed to external pressures and demands that a political process led by Syrians, respecting the sovereignty of the country.

    25/02/2012 SYRIA
    "Friends of Syria" arm rebels and sanction Assad
    The opposition confirms receiving arms from Western countries. Saudi Arabia decides to arm the rebels and overthrow Assad. France, Great Britain, the United States are pushing for a resolution of the UN Security Council. Hamas sides with the opposition, for an "Islamic Syria". Damascus declares that the Tunis meeting supports "terrorism". Tomorrow the referendum for new constitution.

    06/12/2011 SYRIA
    Damascus accepts Arab observers, but on conditions
    Assad has informed the Arab League of his assent to observers to monitor the situation in order to avoid a tightening of sanctions. However, he also places conditions, which the Arab countries will discuss. Today Hillary Clinton meets with opposition in Geneva.



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