June 18th, 2012
(PressTV) – June 8th, 2012 – In Beijing, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, issued a declaration opposing military intervention, forced regime change and unilateral sanctions against the Middle East.
The SCO is a regional security club led by Russia and China, with four former Soviet Central Asian states as its other members. The statement, issued at the end of its 2012 summit, called for a peaceful settlement in Syria through political dialogue and said that the use of force against Iran was unacceptable.
Iran and Syria belong to a small number of Middle Eastern countries seen as independent of Western influence. Over the past year the West, led by America, has been ramping up pressure to try and end this state of affairs.
Yet China and Russia have resisted the push. Both countries have vetoed UN resolutions calling for an end to the rule of president Bashar al-Assad, and opposed moves toward intervening militarily in his country’s unrest.
For Iran, they have opposed threats of military attack to end Iran’s nuclear program, and resisted attempts to almost totally isolate the country economically through a trade embargo.
The US and its allies have accused Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons. The Islamic Republic has rejected the accusation, saying its nuclear program is for civilian purposes only.
As a signatory of the Non Proliferation Treaty, Iran maintains that is has the right to enrich uranium for fuel to power its reactors; a position supported by China.
At a press conference on the sidelines of the SCO summit, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping repeated his country’s position: no military force, and no unilateral sanctions on Iran.
Iran has observer status in the SCO. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad represented the Islamic Republic at the summit this year, and earlier in the day he met with State Councillor Dai Bingguo.