China Reiterates: No Interference Under A Humanitarian Guise, No Regime Change In Syria
March 5, 2012 • 1:39AM

China's Foreign Ministry issued today an official six-point framework "for realizing a political solution" in Syria. "China follows closely the developments of the situation in Syria, firmly maintains that the current crisis should be resolved through political dialogue in a peaceful and appropriate manner, and has made unremitting efforts to this end."

"1. The Syrian Government and all parties concerned should immediately, fully and unconditionally cease all acts of violence...

"2. The Syrian Government and various factions should ... immediately launch an inclusive political dialogue with no preconditions attached or outcome predetermined ...

"3. China supports the UN's leading role in coordinating humanitarian relief efforts... China is ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people. We oppose anyone interfering in Syria' s internal affairs under the pretext of 'humanitarian' issues.

"4. Relevant parties of the international community should earnestly respect the independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Syria ... China does not approve of armed interference or pushing for 'regime change' in Syria, and believes that use or threat of sanctions does not help to resolve this issue appropriately.

"5. China welcomes the appointment of the Joint Special Envoy [Kofi Annan] on the Syrian crisis by the UN and the Arab League and supports him in playing a constructive role ...

"6. Members of the Security Council should strictly abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the basic norms governing international relations..."