Wednesday, March 27, 2013

President al-Assad Calls upon BRIC S to Contribute to Halting Violence in Syria ~ BRICS Group Voices Opposition to Militarization of Crisis in Syria

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday called upon the leaders of the BRIC S countries to join efforts to reach an immediate halt to violence in Syria so as to guarantee the success of the political solution, "which requires a clear international will to drain the sources of terrorism and stop its arming and funding."

In a message to the BRIC S summit held in South Africa, which is addressed to President of the Summit Jacob Zuma, President al-Assad called upon the leaders of the BRIC S to contribute to stabilizing the world, stressing that "the BRIC S group has become a hope for our oppressed peoples that suffer from blatant foreign interference in their affairs against their interests." 

President al-Assad said that Syria has been suffering, for two years, from terrorism supported by Arab, regional and western countries that are involved in killing civilians and destroying the infrastructure and the cultural heritage of the country as well as its identity characterized by co-existence and equality among all components of its people. 

"You, with all the huge political, economic and cultural weight you represent that seeks to consolidate peace, security and justice in the troubled world of today, are called upon to exert all possible efforts to end the suffering of the Syrian people resulted from the unjust economic sanctions in violation of the international law which directly affect the livelihood of our citizens and their daily needs," the President's message said. 

President al-Assad voiced the Syrians' aspiration to work with the BRIC S countries "being a just force that seeks to spread peace, security and cooperation among countries away from hegemony, its dictates and oppression which have lasted for decades upon our peoples and nation." 

The President expressed hope that the BRIC S countries "play effective role to restrain the excessiveness of countries known for contradicting the UN Charter by meddling in other counties' internal affairs and to work for achieving democracy in international relations." 

M. Nassr 

DURBAN, (SANA) – The leaders of the BRICS member countries affirmed their rejection of the militarization of the crisis in Syria, stressing the need for the Geneva Statement to form the basis for settling this crisis.

In a statement issued on Wednesday at the conclusion of the BRICS summit which was held in Durban in South Africa, BRICS leaders voiced deep concern over the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Syria, denouncing the repeated and increasing violations of human rights and international law due to ongoing violence.

The statement stressed that the decisions made during the international meeting on Syria in Geneva in 2012 must be the basis for settling the crisis, affirming their rejection of the militarization of conflict in Syria as a transitional political process led by Syria can only be carried out via national dialogue that meets the aspirations of all Syrians and respects the country's independence, unity and sovereignty as per the Geneva Statement and relevant Security Council resolutions.

The statement also underlined the need to support the efforts of UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Ibrahimi, in addition to calling on all sides to provide humanitarian needs to those who need it immediately, safely and fully without any hindrance, in addition to guaranteeing the safety of humanitarian organizations workers.

H. Sabbagh


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