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UN Chief Visits China Ahead of Security Council Showdown on Syria

By Jay Gory, thecheers.org    2012-07-17 06:43:47    

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to China amid a looming showdown at the U.N. Security Council over two competing resolutions on Syria.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to China amid a looming showdown at the U.N. Security Council over two competing resolutions on Syria.

Ban's trip will include talks with President Hu Jintao, and his arrival comes as the official People's Daily newspaper ran a commentary rejecting foreign intervention in the Syrian crisis.

"Sovereign equality and noninterference in internal affairs is a red line that must not be crossed," the commentary said. "A political solution is the only way out of the Syrian problem."

Syria is also a key topic Tuesday in Moscow, where Russian President Vladimir Putin in hosting talks with U.N. envoy Kofi Annan.

China and Russia have vetoed previous Western-backed Security Council resolutions calling for tough action against Syria.

On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister accused the West of using 'blackmail" to pressure Moscow into backing a stronger U.N. resolution against Syria.

Lavrov said diplomats are threatening to block a Russian resolution extending the observer mission in Syria if Russia vetoes stronger sanctions.

A draft resolution by Britain, France, Germany and the United States would renew the U.N. observer mission for 45 days and threaten Syria with sanctions if it does not stop using heavy weapons against rebels and civilians.

A Russian proposal would renew the mission for 90 days without the threat of sanctions. News by VOA News.
Jay Gory, The Cheers News

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