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Avoiding civil war in Syria

(China Daily)

16:15, February 06, 2012

When China joined hands with Russia on Saturday to veto an Arab-European draft UN resolution backing an Arab League plan to promote a regime change in Syria, its stance was consistent with its approach to international issues.

The draft resolution that sought to realize a regime change in Syria did not adequately reflect the state of affairs in this Middle East country.

In putting the resolution to the vote, Western powers hoped to further exert pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, thus paving the way for the removal of a regime that is an obstacle to their policies in the Middle East.

By only exerting pressure on the Syrian government and explicitly trying to coerce its leader al-Assad to step down, the resolution sends the message to armed groups and opponents of his regime that they have the support of the international community. This will undoubtedly make the Syrian situation even more complicated and make it impossible for all parties to reach a conciliatory agreement that is in the best interests of the country and its people.

We've seen what happened in Libya. With the armed intervention by some major Western powers, the Libyan regime was overthrown. But instead of the democracy and freedom they were promised, Libyan people cannot even live in peace as the country is in the danger of falling into a sectarian civil war.

It is not a question of whether Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad should step down or not. It is whether the ever-worsening crisis in the country will be brought to an end in such a way that the country will not be plunged into a sectarian civil war and its people plunged into even greater misery.

China maintains that any attempt by the international community to help Syria solve its crisis must respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the country.

A messy civil war in Syria will not be conducive to peace in the Middle East.

Russia's stance that conditions should not be imposed on dialogue, and that any efforts should influence not just the government but also the armed groups is reasonable. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Mikhail Fradkov, the director of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, will travel to Syria on Feb 7 to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The draft resolution was presented too hastily and the international community should give the Russian diplomatic endeavor time to soften the positions of all the parties in Syria so that an agreement can be reached that is for the good of the country.

The Chinese government believes that, in line with the UN Charter, political consultations are the best way to help a nation solve any political crisis.


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PD User at 2012-02-08114.76.49.*
Western nations particularly UK and America has been a large part due to their constant plotting and covert actions to exploit other nations including setting up puppet or friendly governments under the pretence of democracy and human rights. The leopard will not change its spots.All you young idealistic people, do not be bribed by false awards, scholarships, flattery, lucrative jobs, bribes and devious appeal to your sense of justice. Americans cannot be trusted. Take care of your country and families by ignoring propaganda from the American controlled international news agencies.
Craig at 2012-02-07136.242.96.*
The government of your police state sided with a tyrant who is now as a result able to murder more citizens of Syria who only want political freedom. The Chinese Communist Party now shares some responsibility for the innocent blood on the streets of Homs. The people of the world are not stupid, and they understand the motivations of your party.
Canada at 2012-02-0670.36.49.*
Why isn"t the U.S. stopping the murder & torture of pro-Gaddafi supporters & black immigrants if the Libyan mission was about protecting people?
P. A. Crush at 2012-02-06112.118.26.*
I applaud China’s stance in joining Russia to veto the UN resolution against Syria.As China correctly explains, Western nations should respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of other countries.A protracted in civil war in Syria will only bring more death and misery to hundreds of thousands in the Middle East, just like what happened in Iraq, Afghanistan and LibyaMany in the World just don’t realize is that the current escalating violence is because the US and NATO have been secretly supplying arms to the Syrian rebels and are deliberately destabilizing Syria as a prelude to making another unjustified move against Iran.

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