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Give Peace a Chance in Syria


In pressing the Syrian regime to stop murdering innocent civilians, is NATO hurtling haphazardly into another devastating war? According to this column from China's state-run People's Daily, China and Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have called for a 'political transition to democracy' because, 'Even if the chance for a peaceful settlement is slight, it's worth going all out for.'


By Zhong Sheng


February 8, 2012


People's Republic of China - People's Daily - Original Article (English)

This video grab taken by a Syrian opposition member is said to show a man mourning over the corpse of his son, shot by Syrian forces in Idlib Province, Syria, Jan. 26.


AL DUNYA TV, SYRIA [State-Run]: Political scientist calls on Iran to mobilize shiites in Saudi Arabia, Nov. 17, 2011, 00:01:48RealVideo

On Feb. 4, the U.N. Security Council voted on a draft resolution to deal with the Syria crisis. Based on the concept of seeking to resolve issues through peaceful negotiation and political means, China and Russia vetoed the resolution.


The situation in Syria continues to worsen and civilian casualties continue. The fact that China vetoed the U.N. Security Council draft resolution doesn't mean China will sit idly by and watch this sad situation unfold. What it means is that China is concerned for the fundamental interests of the Syrian people. The situation in Syria is very complicated, and it is nave to think simply supporting one side or the other side will bring a favorable turn, In fact, such a course may lead to disaster.


[Editor's Note: The draft resolution backed an Arab League plan for resolving the Syria crisis, which called for efforts to facilitate of "political transition to democracy." Authority authorizing the use of force was specifically removed to satisfy Russia and China].


Promoting the idea of peacefully resolving a domestic conflict will not only effectively stop the violence from spreading, it will lay the foundation for long-term stability. Using violence to restrain violence won't bring long-term peace.


It isn't hard for the world's most powerful military alliance to topple the administration of a small country through war. The trouble is that the military giant will withdraw when the war is over. And even if it stays a while, protecting the lives of civilians wont be its primary task. The tragedies of Iraq and Afghanistan have proven that again.


The use of violence as a way of preventing humanitarian disaster may sound just and responsible, but aren't the attacks and explosions that have struck Iraq and Afghanistan since their regimes were toppled humanitarian disasters as well? If U.N. Security Council member take this potential result into account, they would be more cautious in dealing with Syria's civil disorder.


There are voices asserting that to respect the Syrian peoples' democratic will means to support the use of force to replace the Syrian regime. But the Syrian people have an independent democratic right to support the government of their choice; and that government has an obligation to maintain national stability and protect public security. The only way this can be achieved is through national reconciliation.



Even if the chance for a peaceful settlement is slight, it's worth going all out for. The international community needs to give more chances to peace. That is how to take responsibility for safeguarding the Syrian people.



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The purpose of the United Nations Charter is to maintain international peace and security. The United Nations may stop aggression, but it cannot force a nation to replace its regime.


It is China's principle to promote a peaceful settlement of the Syria crisis and help the Middle East move toward stability. This shows China's deep concern for the fundamental interests of the Syrian people and as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, embodies the high degree of responsibility China feels for world peace.




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