China, Russia and the SCO against the use of force in Syria and Iran

The six countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), in which China and Russia play a leading role, have concluded their annual summit Thursday, stating their opposition to the use of force against Iran and Syria.

“Member states have opposed any military intervention, the imposition of a regime change or unilateral sanctions” in the Middle East, said heads of state of countries SCO after their summit in Beijing.

The leaders of the SCO (Russia, China and four former Soviet republics: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) have endorsed the statements.

Specifically on Syria, SCO said in its final statement the “need to stop all forms of violence, whatever its origin” and advocated a “peaceful solution through political dialogue”.

The SCO also noted Thursday its opposition to the use of force against Iran, accused by Western countries of trying to develop atomic weapons. “Any attempt to solve the Iranian issue by force would be unacceptable and would lead to unpredictable consequences, threatening the stability and security in the region and worldwide,” noted the six countries.

Iran is among the countries having the status of observers at the SCO and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was in Beijing Thursday, was to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin later in the day, while uncertainties on the nature of Tehran’s nuclear program continues to cause concern.

Founded in 1996, the SCO with its observers represent 43% of the world population.