China refuses to be drawn on Arab moves on Syria

Posted by Kitara Julian On 1:36 AM
China Monday urged the Arab League to continue its "political mediation" on Syria but refused to be drawn on the bloc's proposal to form a UN-Arab peacekeeping force to the violence-hit nation.

The Arab League said Sunday it would open contacts with Syria's opposition and offer full financial support, as well as ask the United Nations to form a joint peacekeeping force -- moves swiftly denounced by Damascus.

"China calls on and supports the Arab League to continue its political mediation efforts," foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said when asked about the peacekeeping proposal.

"We believe the United Nations, based on the principles and purposes of the UN Charter and relevant norms governing international relations, should provide constructive help" for "the peaceful and proper resolution of the Syrian issue." Read More

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