China to Syrian gov't, rebels: End violence, start dialogue

LONDON - China urged the Syrian government and rebels trying to oust President Bashar Assad to immediately end all acts of violence, especially against civilians.
It also urged the government and rebels to "launch an inclusive political dialogue with no preconditions" under the mediation of the newly-appointed UN-Arab League envoy on the Syria crisis, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
"The Syrian government and all parties concerned should immediately, fully and unconditionally cease all acts of violence, particularly violence against innocent civilians," said a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement carried by Xinhua news agency early on Sunday Beijing time and monitored in London.