Thursday, June 14, 2012

Syria: China REJECTS Syria Sanctions.

China says it does not approve of using sanctions to address the crisis in Syria, a day after France’s foreign minister discussed possible measures to enforce a faltering cease-fire plan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said Thursday his country objected to using pressure, and instead backed the efforts of international envoy Kofi Annan.

“Under the current circumstances, all the parties should continue to vigorously support U.N. envoy Kofi Annan’s mediation efforts,” Liu said. “We urge relevant parties in Syria to effectively implement relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions and Annan’s six-point proposals, actively cooperate with the U.N. monitors, end any form of violence, protect civilians, and ease the current tense situation as soon as possible.”

Russia has also been opposed to Western and Arab efforts to impose U.N. sanctions on Syria’s government. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov defended his country’s arms sales to Syria, Wednesday, saying they do not violate international law.

Syria’s ambassador to Russia also rejected criticism of the sales during a visit Thursday to Moscow. Riyad Haddad said the arms are defensive weapons, and further blamed Western countries for any failures of the Annan more