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China lashes out over Syria

2012-08-04 16:24

Beijing - China on Saturday accused countries that oppose its position on Syria of undermining attempts to find a political solution to the conflict, after voting against a new UN resolution on the crisis.

The UN General Assembly on Friday overwhelmingly passed a resolution slamming the Security Council's failure to take strong steps to end the fighting, which UN leader Ban Ki-moon said has become a "proxy war".

Russia and China, which have vetoed three UN Security Council resolutions on Syria, were among high-profile opponents of the resolution which many diplomats said showed frustration at the lack of action on the conflict.

Wang Kejian, a senior official in the Chinese foreign ministry, attacked countries "which have made unfounded criticism of China's position on the issue of Syria".

"And these countries, in pursuit of their own geopolitical interests in Syria, are trying to hinder or even undermine the political settlement process."

"The legitimate requests and aspirations of the Syrian people for change and for safeguarding their own interests deserve respect," he added.

The assembly's resolution, which condemned President Bashar Assad's use of "heavy weapons" in the civil war, was passed by 133 votes with 12 countries against and 31 abstaining.

Though the resolution is not legally binding, there was increased attention on the vote after the resignation of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan and the mounting battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Comments
  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-04 16:42

    No negotiated settlement is possible now. Too much bloodshed. The syrian people will no longer put up with the butcher.

      oneant.kasinski - 2012-08-04 16:49

      go watch some more CNN dad and leave reality to us young ones.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-04 16:53

      You are too immature to comprehend reality of any kind. Your drugs will not do it.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-04 19:42

      And here is Keith the one-toothed lamp polisher again.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-05 12:24

      In any case who is that feudalist slave state China to lecture us in politics? Look at their aggressive expansionism in the South China Sea.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-04 16:46

    The neo-Communist Chinese and Russian regimes, China run by a politburo and Russia an ex-KGB officer, have only recently emerged from Communism, one of the most oppressive forms of government ever devised. Truly, what do they know about democracy.

      millionwatts1 - 2012-08-05 03:21

      Fred.fraser.12, what do you know about democracy after 300 years of oppressing others in South Africa?

      stephanie.sutherland41 - 2012-08-05 05:01

      South Africa only became a republic in 1961 under the National Party. Blame the right people for the other 249 years you are on about. Be real for once in your life already.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-05 05:33

      What Watt?

  • imtiaz.osman.5 - 2012-08-04 18:20

    Syrian state TV says foreign-sponsored insurgents have killed at least 20 people in a suburb of the capital, Damascus. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe development comes as Syrian security forces discovered a mass grave near the capital on Saturday. \r\n\r\nBodies of civilians and Syrian army members were found in the mass grave. \r\n\r\nMeanwhile, the Syrian troops have killed a large number of terrorists in clashes between government troops and insurgents across the country over the past few days.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-04 18:57

      Did you use The Citizen newspaper as your source of information during Apartheid?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-04 19:03

      Ohhhhhh, If the Syrian State TV says so, than it MUST be true!!!! But , let me assure you, many of these unarmed civilians are now getting hold of any weapon they can get hold of, and doing they utter best to blow the brains out of these assad terrorist. Any DECENT person, would behave like this, after this assad DOG , for 16 months now, has slaughtered thousands of opposition memebers !!!!

      imtiaz.osman.5 - 2012-08-04 19:34

      No, I used CNN,SKY and BBC

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-04 19:55

      The bangladeshi muslims in Burma must go home to their own miserable state of affairs and not impose on the impoverished people of Burma. I travel extensively in SE Asia. The burmese are gentle people, but enough is enough. This is a fight about resources. Bangladeshis go home! We are buddhists!

      imtiaz.osman.5 - 2012-08-04 20:29

      @ gerhad if u got that attitude then u need to go back to europe. What u doing in africa

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-04 20:55

      Who are the bangladeshi muslims taking other peoples's livelihood away? The country belongs to the burmese. It seems Bangladesh can't look after their own. Why not ask for help from Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia instead of invading Burma?

      jojo.balela.1 - 2012-08-05 06:49

      Did Gerhard really say that the Burmese are gentle people ... Haha ... that guy is such a joke. He must be pissed now that apartheid is over in this country

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-04 19:54

    China is right. The hypocrisy of the UN is breathtaking

      douglas.hollis.7 - 2012-08-04 22:12

      China is right? How?! They're the hypocrites, sitting in an ivory tower while innocent civilians everywhere are being massacred. But yes...let's not put any kind of pressure on Assad's evil regime, let's not meddle in their affairs, we're sure they can sort it all out internally given enough time. Let's not tell them what they're doing is barbaric or morally repugnant. We love doing business with Assad's regime, anyway. (Funny enough, so do the Russians.) As for the UN's 'hypocrisy'...well, let's see now. Is this for denouncing the senseless slaughter of civilians? Or for denouncing ALL acts of violence, whether by rebels or government forces? Surely a pretty evenhanded response, my friend. I have no idea how you can take China's side on this. Through their obstructionism, both China and Russia have inflicted prolonged and untold suffering on the peoples of Syria. History will judge them, and harshly so. At least a few nations felt sufficient moral outrage to try and change the course of this unspeakable tragedy. And a mere 133 nations spoke in unison, telling Assad that this has gone on long enough. The hypocrisy of it all!

      jojo.balela.1 - 2012-08-05 07:41

      Same thing happens when USA vetoes important UN resolutions every other day of the week. The UN has become quite a useless organisation

  • jojo.balela.1 - 2012-08-04 22:23

    But where is the UN resolution on the conflict in Burma??!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-04 22:54

      Looked for it on a Burma thread, not one on Syria.

      jojo.balela.1 - 2012-08-05 06:25

      So where is this Burma thread you speak of?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-05 17:11

      Not here.

  • jojo.balela.1 - 2012-08-05 07:35

    Move over KKK, here comes the BBB - Burmese Brutal Buddhists!

  • jojo.balela.1 - 2012-08-05 07:35

    Move over KKK, here comes the BBB - Burmese Brutal Buddhists!

  • imtiaz.osman.5 - 2012-08-05 08:48

    Insurgents have carried out a mortar attack near a hospital in Damascus, killing at least one civilian and injuring more than 10 other people. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe mortar attack hit an area near the al-Abbasiyeen hospital on Saturday. \r\n\r\nMeanwhile, on the same day, a large number of insurgents were killed during clashes between government forces and armed groups in the northern city of Aleppo. \r\n\r\nEarlier in the day, government troops repelled an attack on a broadcasting center housing the studios of a radio station and a TV station in Aleppo. \r\n\r\nOn Friday, the United Nations General Assembly passed a non-binding resolution condemning the UN Security Council for failing to agree on measures to end the unrest in Syria. \r\n\r\nHowever, Russia and China condemned the resolution and said it undermined peace efforts. \r\n\r\nSyria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings. \r\n\r\nThe Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-05 12:44

      Copy & Paste by imtiaz.osman.5

  • jaba.kov - 2012-08-05 22:38

    F u my china

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