Iran: Democracy Won’t Come Out Of NATO Gun Barrels
Fars News Agency
October 16, 2012
Ahmadinejad: Democracy Not Possible through NATO’s Guns
TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at the West for pursuing a militaristic approach under the guise of expansion of democracy.
“Democracy cannot be established through NATO’s guns and through war and conflict,” Ahmadinejad said speaking in a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of the 12th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (EOC) in Baku today.
He called on the regional states to keep vigilant against the plots of the arrogant powers, and said, “They (arrogant powers) have been ruling over the region for 100 years and intend to continue this domination over the region today.”
Zardari, for his part, cautioned about current developments in the region, and called on all sides to take proper measures to resolve the existing problems.
Ahmadinejad is in Baku to attend the summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization. The summit started work at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku.
In addition to Ahmadinejad and Zardari, the summit is attended by President of Azerbaijan Elham Aliyev, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as high-ranking representatives of the OIC member states.
October 16, 2012
‘Democracy won’t come out of NATO guns: Iran President
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says democracy will not come out of NATO gun barrels or by waging war and fostering armed conflicts.
“Today, the situation in the region is sensitive and it is necessary for all countries to be cautious,” Ahmadinejad told Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of a summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Baku on Tuesday.
Referring to the ongoing unrest in Syria, Ahmadinejad stated that the only solution to the crisis in Syria is building a national consensus and helping Syrians hold free elections.
Stressing the need for the vigilance of regional countries against conspiracies plotted by ill-wishers and arrogant powers, the Iranian president said “They [Western countries] have ruled our region for 100 years and intend to continue their domination over the region.”
The Pakistani president, for his part, said what is happening in the Middle East right now is not good and if regional nations do nothing to improve the situation, history will not forgive them.
During the meeting, the two sides also discussed bilateral relations.
Syria has been scene of a deadly unrest since March 2011 which has claimed the lives of many Syrians including a large number of the Syrian soldiers and security forces.
While Western states have been calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, Iran, Russia, and China are strongly opposed to the Western drive to oust Assad.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nation.