China backs international humanitarian aid for Syria
CHINA: China has told the Arab League international humanitarian aid
should be allowed into Syria, state media said yesterday, amid calls for
an immediate ceasefire to allow help into the crisis-hit country.
The remarks, made by foreign minister Yang Jiechi during telephone
talks with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi, came as the United Nations
debates a resolution for a halt to the violence and unimpeded access for
“The international community should create favourable conditions in
this regard and provide humanitarian aid to Syria,” the state Xinhua
news agency said, quoting the Chinese minister.
China and Russia have blocked attempts by the UN Security Council to
adopt a resolution on Syria, where monitors estimate that more than
7,600 people have been killed since a crackdown on anti-government
protesters began last March.
Yang, who also held talks with his counterparts in Egypt, Saudi
Arabia and Algeria this week, called for the fighting to stop and for
the international community to provide humanitarian aid, the official
Xinhua news agency said.
Beijing and Moscow -- a key ally of Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad's regime -- have come in for intense international criticism
for vetoing two resolutions condemning the violence in Syria.
France on Tuesday urged Russia and China, both permanent members of
the UN Security Council, not to veto the new resolution.
“A resolution for a humanitarian ceasefire and access for
humanitarian aid in the most threatened areas is under discussion at the
We can hope that China and Russia will not veto this resolution,”
Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told RTL radio. AFP