February 13, 2012
China’s Foreign Ministry on Monday backed Arab League mediation in Syria but offered no clear sign of support for the league’s call to send in peacekeepers to halt the Syrian government’s violent crackdown on opposition groups.
The Arab League on Sunday passed a resolution asking the U.N. Security Council to authorize a joint U.N.-Arab peacekeeping mission to Syria.
The call adds to diplomatic pressure on Russia and China, both heavily criticized by the West for blocking a draft U.N. resolution calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Assad to give up his powers.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin would not be drawn on whether China supports sending in peacekeepers.