Russian FM Sergei Lavrov and his Arab counterparts called for "unhindered humanitarian access" in Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) gives a press conference with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani after a meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on March 10. China has welcomed a Russian and Arab League joint plan for ending the deadly violence in Syria as "positive", and renewed its call for a "political settlement" to the conflict. © Gianluigi Guercia - AFP/File
Russian FM Sergei Lavrov and his Arab counterparts called for
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Last updated: March 12, 2012

China says Russia, Arab plan on Syria is positive

China on Monday welcomed a Russian and Arab League joint plan for ending the deadly violence in Syria as "positive", and renewed its call for a "political settlement" to the conflict.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Arab counterparts on Saturday issued a five-point statement after holding talks in Cairo, calling for "unhindered humanitarian access" in Syria as well as an end to the violence.

They also agreed on setting up a mechanism for "objective monitoring" in the country and agreed on no foreign intervention, according to a statement read out by Lavrov and Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani.

"We believe that the five-point plan reached between Russia and the Arab League is of relevant and positive significance to the political resolution of the Syrian issue," foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters.

"We hope the international community will continue to make positive efforts for the fair, peaceful and proper solution of the Syrian issue."

Earlier this month China unveiled its own six-point plan, calling for an immediate end to the conflict and for dialogue between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the opposition.

Beijing's proposal also rejected foreign interference or "external action for regime change" in Syria but supported the role of the UN Security Council "in strict accordance with the purposes and principles of the UN charter."

The West and the Arab world have been piling pressure on Assad's regime to prevent a year-old uprising from spiralling into all-out civil war.

Beijing and Moscow have drawn heavy criticism for using their veto powers as permanent members of the UN Security Council to block resolutions condemning the crackdown, because they singled out Assad for blame.

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