China says it will "seriously" study UN draft on Syria

BEIJING Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:52pm IST

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin listens to a question during a news conference in Beijing in this November 21, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/David Gray/Files

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin listens to a question during a news conference in Beijing in this November 21, 2011 file photo.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Friday it would "seriously" study a new U.N. draft resolution on Syria after Syrian opposition activists said more than 200 people, mostly civilians, were massacred in a village by forces loyal to the Syrian government.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told a daily news briefing that China was "looking seriously" at the draft resolution, and that members should seek consensus.

Britain circulated a draft on Wednesday, backed by the United States, France and Germany, that would make compliance with a transition plan drafted by international envoy Kofi Annan enforceable under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter.

(Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee and Sabrina Mao; Writing by Michael Martina, Editing by Jonathan Thatcher)

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