Russia and China on Syria


Moscow against UN Security Council Taking Up Syria — Source

MOSCOW, May 11 (Interfax) — Moscow is against the Syria issue being put before the UN Security Council, a Russian Foreign Ministry source said on Wednesday.

“Syria mustn’t be discussed in the Security Council, that is obvious,” the source told Interfax.

China Calls on Syria to Avoid Bloodshed

BEIJING, May 12 (Xinhua) — China on Thursday called on Syria to maintain stability and avoid bloodshed, saying outside forces should not intervene in the Middle East country’s internal issues.

“Syria is an important country in the Middle East.  We expect the country to maintain stability and urge related parties to iron out differences through political dialogue and avoid bloodshed,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu told a regular press briefing on Thursday.

“We think that outside forces should not intervene in Syria’s internal issues so to avoid complicating the situation,” Jiang said.

She said China expects the international community to play a constructive role in safeguarding peace and stability in the Middle East.

Syria has been gripped by more than seven weeks of protests calling for reforms.

The articles above, first published by Interfax and Xinhua, are reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes.  Cf. M K Bhadrakumar, “Russia and China Challenge NATO” (Asia Times, 10 May 2011).


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