DHAKA: China on Monday condemned a massacre of more than 100 people in the central Syrian town of Houla and called for an immediate investigation to identify those responsible.
The foreign ministry said it was ‘deeply shocked’ by the killings and urged the swift implementation of UN-Arab envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan, a day after the United Nations condemned the Syrian regime’s use of artillery in Houla.
But it stopped short of pointing the finger directly at the Syrian government, after Russia questioned whether Damascus was behind the violence.
‘China is deeply shocked and strongly condemns the incident’, said foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin.
‘China... calls for an immediate investigation into this issue and to find the perpetrators. This incident again shows that Syria should waste no time to implement the ceasefire and end the violence’, he added.
BDST: 1752 HRS, MAY 28, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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