Russia, China and Iran oppose U.S. tendency aimed at downfalling the Syrian State

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Lavrov: We Oppose Any Tendencies Aimed at Downfalling the Syrian State, Refuse Extortion and Paving the Way for Military Intervention in Syria

July 16, 2012, MOSCOW, SANA - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday said that the Russian suggestions towards solving the crisis in Syria are right ones and they should be listed in the draft resolution at the UN Security Council.

In a press conference in Moscow, Lavrov said that violence should be stopped by all the Syrian sides, adding that “We oppose any tendencies aimed at downfalling the Syrian state and refuse extortion and paving the way for military intervention in Syria.”

He stressed that Moscow’s foreign policy is “firm and based on the international legitimacy and laws,” adding that the participants in Geneva meeting started to distort the results of this meeting.

Minister Lavrov said that some international sides are asking Syria’s leadership to stop violence and at the same time, they are not practicing any influence on the Syrian opposition that is seeking power.

He stressed that Moscow agrees on any decision made by the Syrian people regarding their future, adding that “After Syria agreed on Annan’s plan, we started to hear strange words on its failure and an escalation of violence on the ground and we have documented that in Geneva statement.

After the final approval of President al-Assad on the appointment of an envoy for negotiation, our partners began to put conditions, demanding the use of Chapter VII at the UN Security Council.

“We should implement Annan’s plan. Our international partners should practice influence on the armed groups to take constructive procedures. Moscow will not allow a UN Security Council’s resolution under Chapter VII,” Lavrov said.

He warned against great risks in destabilizing the whole region, including the Gulf states, adding that “We don’t want the Gulf states to be destabilized. It is legal for us to express concern over the human rights issue in Saudi Arabia.”

Pankin: Sanctions against Syria Red Line for Russia

July 15, 2012, MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Alexander Pankin, reiterated that imposing sanctions against Syria is a red line for Russia.

Itar-Tass News Agency quoted Pankin as saying in a statement that it is impossible to continue the settlement process and the work of the observer mission in Syria “with the stick of sanctions directed against only one party” in Syria.

The Russian diplomat said that Russia will accept compromises regarding a UN Security Council resolution on prolonging the mandate of the international observer mission in Syria.

Pankin considered the calls by some Syrian opposition representatives to exclude the UN Special Envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, from the settlement process as inappropriate, adding that the opposition itself is involved in commiting acts of violence.

Pankin referred that the Syrian opposition’s meeting in Cairo set its goal as “forced removal of the government,” adding that is why they are not pleased at Annan’s efforts to achieve peace.

He said that Annan is making things difficult for many sides as his plan aims at political diplomatic settlement without taking coercive or retaliatory measures, pointing out to Annan’s efforts to achieve this.

He added that some parties are putting obstacles in Annan’s way to accuse him that the number of victims is still inceasing despite his efforts to settle the crisis.

Pankin said that the international observers are facing obstacles while working in Syria, noting that many UN observers have received direct threats from non-Syrian Arabs to force them leave the country.

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Chinese Foreign Minister: International Community should Continue Supporting Annan’s Plan
July 16, 2012, BEIJING, (SANA) – Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi stressed on Sunday that the international community should continue supporting the plan of UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan, the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the Geneva Action Group statement on Syria.

Chinese News Agency, Xinhua, reported Yang as saying during a phone call with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon that it is inevitable that an immediate ceasefire should be reached in Syria to prevent the country from going out of control.

For his part, Ki-Moon highlighted the importance of China’s role and stance.


Iran Foreign Minister Stresses Importance of Solving Crisis by the Syrians

July 15, 2012, TEHRAN,(SANA) – Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, expressed hope that effective steps would be adopted for solving the crisis in Syria through broad cooperation between Iran, the UN and the countries of the region, stressing that the solution should be Syrian.

In a statement to al-Alam News Channel, Salehi said that Tehran is ready to host a dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition, adding that his country is ready to invite the Syrian opposition and create appropriate conditions for dialogue between them.

He pointed out to the visit of the UN Envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, to Iran, saying that the critical situation in Syria is of special importance to the whole region and the world.

“Unless right decisions are taken to solve the crisis, its repercussions will reach the whole region leaving bad impacts worldwide… that is why we held prolonged talks with Annan, who presented a good plan to solve the Syrian crisis,” Salehi added.

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Photo: The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, meets leaders of the Syrian National Council including Abdel Basset Sayda (far right). 

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