Thursday Aug 29, 201302:12 AM GMT
China calls for restraint over Syria situation
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi
Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:48AM
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China has called for restraint over Syria, warning that a military intervention in the Arab country would only worsen the situation in the Middle East.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a statement published on the ministry’s website on Thursday that "a political resolution has, from the very beginning, been the only way out for the Syrian issue."

"China calls on all sides to exercise restraint and remain calm," the statement read.

The Chinese foreign minister also said the country opposed the use of chemical weapons but that findings of a UN team, currently in Syria to investigate the allegations, should not be prejudged.

The call for military action against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.

On Wednesday, Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi said the West is seeking to turn Syria into a second Iraq and that the issue of chemical weapons use is only a pretext for war.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million of others displaced due to the violence.

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