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