Saturday, February 18, 2012

Chinese envoy urges end to bloodshed after talks with Assad

DAMASCUS: A senior Chinese envoy called for all sides in Syria to stop the violence and for elections to go ahead peacefully after Damascus talks with President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday, state media said.

The meeting came after a day of violence in which a human rights watchdog said at least 30 people were killed as protests spread to several well-to-do neighbourhoods of the capital for the first time and security forces unleashed their heaviest pounding yet of the flashpoint central city of Homs.

Activists called for a "day of disobedience" in Damascus on Sunday to galvanise support for the protest movement.

"The position of China is to call on the government, the opposition and the rebels to halt acts of violence immediately," Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun said after his talks with Assad. Read More