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    China Condemns Civilian Deaths in Syria

    The bodies of people purportedly killed by Syrian government security forces are laid out in Houla near Homs, May 26, 2012.The bodies of people purportedly killed by Syrian government security forces are laid out in Houla near Homs, May 26, 2012.
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    The bodies of people purportedly killed by Syrian government security forces are laid out in Houla near Homs, May 26, 2012.
    The bodies of people purportedly killed by Syrian government security forces are laid out in Houla near Homs, May 26, 2012.
    Shannon Sant
    BEIJING - On Monday China denounced last week's killing of at least 108 civilians in Syria, but avoided directly blaming the Syrian government for the massacre. China is calling all parties to support mediation efforts this week in Syria.

    The Chinese government condemned the attack on the Syrian town of Houla Friday and Saturday, but side-stepped blaming the Assad government for the incident, saying that the perpetrators of the massacre must be found.

    China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said China is shocked by the massacre and strongly condemns the cruel killings of women and children as well as other innocent civilians.

    On Sunday, the 15-member U.N. Security Council issued a statement condemning the Syrian government's role in the attack on Houla, a Sunni community 24 kilometers northwest of Homs. The statement did not blame the Syrian government directly for all of the killings, but criticized Syria's use of heavy weapons in civilian areas.
     
    China's foreign ministry demanded an investigation to find who was responsible for the civilian deaths, and again called on Syria to implement a cease fire.

    Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is expected to begin negotiating Monday for government implementation of a six point peace plan. China has said it supports Mr. Annan’s role as a mediator with the Syrian government.

    On Monday spokesman Liu Weimin called Mr. Annan’s six point peace plan important and said all parties have great expectations of the role of UN monitors in Syria.
     
    Opposition groups in Syria have called on the international community to protect Syrian civilians.

    The Syrian government has denied responsibility and blames terrorist groups for the massacre.

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    by: Niezya Ramona Lavigne from: Indonesia
    May 29, 2012 8:01 AM
    Uh..no China! please dont make noisy!
    its not again about ideology, just stay away,,and do your job..:)

    by: james from: rhode island
    May 28, 2012 12:49 PM
    we do not live in the 16th century.. government should not have have any excuse to kill innocent citizens because of resistance. Figure out another way to handle it and stop killing your own innocent citizens.. how can China and Rus not see that... its the 21st century.. not year 1600

    by: D Chura from: Baldwinton
    May 28, 2012 9:59 AM
    When you have dictatorships that give ego to their own image in their own country of practice, will give support to leadership of it's own kind, But don't want to see their own faults.
    They will never support a free society and always support the teachings they practice.
    Communism!
    Then why do you support them by giving them your business?
    You to are no better then what they do.
    You buy their products and ask them to build your products.
    Hypocrites all of you. You complain about them, even in an article like this, but do nothing to stop it.

    by: yooper2001 from: thailand
    May 28, 2012 9:09 AM
    The Killing will continue as long as China and Russia gives it's OK to Syria leaders to keep killing. I understand why Russia condones this with it's economy depending on keeping oil prices high and they need turmoil in the world to do this. I do not understand why China condones this unless it is because they know the same will happen in their country and want to have the same excuse to persecute their own citizens

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