July 13, 2012 / 7:23 AM / 5 years ago

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.

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

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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