While the international communitydebates on the approach to resolve Syria’s 15-month unrest, a freshwave of violence hit the country on Wednesday and claimed the livesof many civilians and government troops. China and Russia have said the ongoing Syria crisis should beresolved in an impartial and peaceful way, according to a jointstatement issued Wednesday. The statement was released during Russian President VladimirPutin’s three-day state visit to China, where he is also scheduledto attend the 12th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Member Statesof the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Beijing on Wednesdayand Thursday. In the statement, China and Russia reiterated their firm stance ofsupporting and safeguarding Syria’s sovereignty, independence,unification and territorial integrity and adherence to the purposeand principles of the UN Charter. The two countries also stressed that developments of the Syriansituation are critical to the peace and stability of the MiddleEast as well as the world at large. Neodymium Rod Magnets
China and Russia strongly oppose any attempt to address the Syriacrisis with military interference from the outside or forcefullyimpose a regime change in the insurgency-ridden country, accordingto the statement. In the statement, the two countries also urge the internationalcommunity to improve coordination and jointly endorse UN-ArabLeague Joint Envoy Kofi Annan’s mediation efforts. However, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesdaycalled for more pressure on Syria in a bid to remove its embattledPresident Bashar al-Assad from power, as the meeting of the Friendsof the Syrian People International Working Group on sanctions isunderway in Washington. Neodymium Ring Magnets
“Today’s Friends of the Syrian People sessions are increasing thepressure on the regime and deepening its isolation,” Clinton, whois in Turkey for another meeting regarding the crisis in Syria,said in a statement issued by the State Department. Despite the “important steps” being taken, the chief U.S. diplomatsaid: “Much work remains.” “We must continue to close off the regime’s economic lifelines,expand the circle of countries vigorously implementing sanctions,and prevent the Syrian government from evading them,” she noted inthe statement. Responding to the possible reference of Syria to the “Chapter 7action,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters onWednesday that all options are on the table and the “need to takeurgent action” is on the minds of policy-makers in the Obamaadministration and at the UN, although he did not specify on thepotential actions. Also, U.S. Electric Motor Magnets
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner called Wednesday fortougher sanctions against Syria to hasten political change in theArab country. Addressing the second meeting of the Friends of the Syrian PeopleInternational Working Group on Sanctions, which drewrepresentatives from 55 nations, the U.S. point man oninternational sanctions said sanctions alone could not bring aboutthe change sought by Washington and its allies, “but sanctions canplay an important role.” On the ground in Syria, violence hit a new high Wednesday andclaimed the lives of a number of civilians and government troops. At least seven government troops and a little girl were killed inseparate incidents across Syria, in a fresh high tide of violenceafter the rebel fighters’ renounced commitment to the six- pointpeace plan mediated by special envoy Kofi Annan. A brigadier and two law-enforcement members were killed Wednesdaywhen an explosive device ripped through the patrol of the lawmembers in Jdiadet Artous suburb of the capital Damascus, state-runSANA news agency.
Two other law-enforcement members were killed and two officers wereinjured in clashes with armed groups in the mountainous area ofHafeh in coastal Latakia province.