Sunday, July 8, 2012

Syria:China has censured US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her criticism of Beijing’s stance toward Syria, saying her remarks were “unacceptable.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Weimin said in a press conference in Beijing on Saturday that China is “not impeding the process of resolving the Syrian issues.”

On July 6, Clinton warned Russia and China over their support for Syria and said Moscow and Beijing “will pay a price” for their stance toward the Syrian issue.

“The only way that will change is if every nation represented here directly and urgently makes it clear that Russia and China will pay a price,” Clinton stated during the so-called “Friends of Syria” meeting in Paris, which was boycotted by Moscow and Beijing.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson rejected Clinton’s remarks as “unacceptable”, saying Beijing “has made an important contribution to… the peace and stability of the region and the fundamental interests of the Syrian people as well as pursuing a political solution to the Syrian issues.”

The anti-Syria Western regimes have been calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, but Russia and China remain strongly opposed to the Western drive to oust Assad.

French President Francois Hollande said in the opening of the July 6 meeting in Paris that Assad “must go.”

Hollande also called on participants to “encourage the UN Security Council to take measures as quickly as possible” to support a plan by UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Kofi Annan, agreed upon in a meeting in Geneva on June 30.

Annan said the participants of the Geneva meeting agreed on the formation of a transitional governing body in Syria that “could include members of the present government and the opposition and other groups, and shall be formed on the basis of mutual consent.”

However, Russia and China opposed the wording of the plan that called for an interim government that excludes those “whose continued presence and participation would undermine the credibility of the transition and jeopardize stability and reconciliation.”

On July 3, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said “some Western participants have started in their public statements to distort the agreements that were reached” in Geneva.

“The consensus that was reached in Geneva was a very important step in the consolidation in the positions of all members of the international community… towards solving this problem peacefully and refusing to use military force from whatever side,” Lavrov stated.