Russia and China urge "constructive" role in Syria bloodshed
Both Russia and China, which strongly oppose an Arab League-Western draft resolution on ending the conflict in Syria, Tuesday called on the UN Security Council to play a "constructive" role, dpa reported.
Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin and his Chinese counterpart, Li Baodong, said they are opposed to punitive measures like military action or sanctions against Damascus. Instead they called for dialogue between Damascus and the opposition to work out a peaceful solution to the 11-month-old conflict that has killed more than 5,400 people.
"The Security Council can play a constructive role in Syria," Churkin said. "The council should not be guided by the imposition of sanctions and use of a toolbox to end conflicts. The council cannot impose a political solution on Syria."
Li called for Syria to carry out "reforms and safeguard the interests of its people, stop the killing of innocent people and hold dialogue without delay." Li warned that any conflict in Syria could have an effect on the Middle East region.