China's top paper says Syria "safe zone" would not work
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's top newspaper said on Monday that a Turkish proposal for a Syrian "safe zone" under foreign protection for civilians fleeing intensifying violence there would not help resolve the worsening humanitarian crisis in the country.
China has repeatedly condemned any plan which hints at outside interference in the Syrian crisis or proposes "regime change". Both China and Russia have vetoed proposed United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions intended to put pressure on President Bashar al-Assad.
Turkey fears a mass influx of refugees similar to the flight of half a million Iraqi Kurds into Turkey after the 1991 Gulf War.
But the People's Daily, the mouthpiece of China's ruling Communist Party, said safe zones would not work.