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Chinese envoy stresses Arab League's role in solving Syrian crisis

(Xinhua)

09:13, January 13, 2012

CAIRO, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese special envoy to the Middle East Wu Sike said on Thursday China supported the efforts exerted by the Arab League (AL) in solving the Syrian crisis.

After talks with AL chief Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo, Wu told reporters that the pan-Arab body is the proper framework to resolve the Syrian crisis and that the AL and its members are capable of doing this.

China opposed the internationalization of the Syrian crisis and urged all sides in Syria to immediately stop violence and carry out inclusive political dialogue, he said.

As to the AL's observer mission, Wu expressed regret over the recent attacks on observers in Syria.

China supported the AL to dispatch observers and hoped the observer delegation to continue fulfilling their mission, Wu said.

China called on the Syria government and different blocs to create favorable environment for the activities of observers, he added.

On Tuesday, the AL condemned attacks on monitoring teams in Syrian cities of Latakis, Deir al-Zour and some other areas by pro- government people or the opposition.

Syria signed the AL observer protocol on Dec. 19, 2011 in Cairo after the AL threatened to take the issue to the United Nations Security Council.

Around 160 observers are monitoring the situation in Syria as part of the AL peace initiative to end the months-long turmoil in Syria.

The Syrian government said some 2,000 army and security personnel were killed since the unrest began in March, 2011, while the UN said more than 5,000 people have died in the violence.

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