Russia, BRICS, NAM Condemn West For Syrian Terrorism, Chaos
Voice of Russia
September 27, 2012
Lavrov on Syria: “Inactivity incites terror”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: “To a great extent the ongoing violence in Syria should be blamed on the countries that incite anti-Assad forces to deny a ceasefire and seek a change of regime. Actually, this approach hardly differs from the principles of terrorism applied by the armed opposition groups.”
The Russian delegation pointed out that no resolution was required for starting a dialogue on the basis of the principles of the Geneva Communique. Russia’s partners in BRICS share this opinion. Among five BRICS member-states, Russia and China are permanent members of the UNSC. The BRICS member-states adopted a joint resolution at the UN General Assembly session.
Refusal to apply the Geneva agreements on Syria reached on June 30, 2012 puts at risk the implementation of the key principles outlined by the UN Security Council in the fight against terror. The participants in a high-level UNSC meeting on the Middle East on Wednesday voiced different approaches to the situation in Syria.
The Syrian crisis has remained the thorniest Middle Eastern issue for more than a year. Meanwhile, all major UNSC member states had expressed their views on the situation before the UN General Assembly session opened in New York on Tuesday. US leader Barack Obama again stressed that peace will come to Syria only after President Bashar Assad resigns. French President Francois Hollande urged the UN to take active steps in Syria and protect the areas controlled by the opposition. Not only Syrians have found themselves directly or indirectly involved in the conflict. Only a consolidated approach can result help in finding the right solution, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said:
“To a great extent the ongoing violence in Syria should be blamed on the countries that incite anti-Assad forces to deny a ceasefire and seek a change of regime. Actually, this approach hardly differs from the principles of terrorism applied by the armed opposition groups.”
The French president accused the UNSC of inactivity which often looks somehow ‘selective’. The attacks which rocked Syria in the past two months were not in any way condemned by the UNSC. Speaking to journalists, Sergei Lavrov spoke about the decision of some countries to revise the Geneva agreements:
“It is important that all participants in the Geneva session adhere to what they had signed up to. Some of Russia’s Western partners condemn the attacks but then say that although ‘terrorism is evil there is no other way to people in Syria to topple the bloody regime’. This is a very dangerous position which looks as if they were justifying terrorism.”
The final communiqué of the Action Group for Syria has been approved by the permanent members of the Security Council, the League of the Arab States, Turkey, the EU and the UN Secretary General. However, for some countries this document is just a piece of paper.
It was not originally planned to adopt any resolution on Syria at the latest session of the Security Council. The Russian delegation pointed out that no resolution was required for starting a dialogue on the basis of the principles of the Geneva Communique. Russia’s partners in BRICS share this opinion. Among five BRICS member-states, Russia and China are permanent members of the UNSC. The BRICS member-states adopted a joint resolution at the UN General Assembly session.
“The joint declaration of the Foreign Ministers of the BRICS countries objectively estimates the ways of solving the Syrian crisis and supports the Geneva Communique as a basis for these actions. This is a good basis for reaching a consensus in the UN Security Council, the current absence of which is so saddening for some of our colleagues.”
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also stressed that there was no military solution to the Syrian crisis and the unsettled conflict was a threat to the security of the entire region.
The UNSC member-states pointed out that changes currently taking place in the Middle East were only the beginning of the road. New conflicts will be looming large if political reforms are not carried through, which is impossible without modernizing the economy and the social sphere.
The Syrian problem is not the only one in the region. No substantial achievements are evident in solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict either.
“Russia is insistently calling for stepping up the efforts of the ‘quartet’ of Middle Eastern intermediaries in close cooperation with the League of Arab States to speedily resume the Palestinian-Israeli talks. We believe that the ‘quartet’s inability to organize a ministers’ meeting at the current UN General Assembly session is a serious mistake.”
It was said in the corridors of the UN General Assembly that the meeting of the intermediaries in the Palestinian-Israeli settlement did not take place because the US was against it.
September 27, 2012
Russian foreign minister raises Syrian problems at his meetings at UN General Assembly
“Participants in the meeting noted that Russia’s and NAM’s positions on a wide range of issues are next to identical, that both Russia and the NAM want a more fair world order. They also noted their commitment to the principle of the supremacy of law and non-acceptance of jackboot policies…”
MOSCOW: Problems of the Syrian settlement and threats to peace and stability were in the focus of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s meetings on the sidelines of the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations Organization, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
Thus, Lavrov met with his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, “to discuss key problems of the international agenda, including the situation in North Africa,” the spokesman said.
The Russian foreign minister also met with top-ranking officials from the Non-Aligned Movement “troika” (Iran, Egypt, and Venezuela). They also discussed the situation in the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on the Syrian settlement. “Issues of inter-civilization dialogue were raised in the context of efforts to find ways to overcome international instability,” the spokesman said.
Lavrov praised “the role the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is playing in world politics, the high authority of this representative alliance of states in conditions of the formation of a new, polycentric system of international relations,” the ministry spokesman noted. “Participants in the meeting noted that Russia’s and NAM’s positions on a wide range of issues are next to identical, that both Russia and the NAM want a more fair world order. They also noted their commitment to the principle of the supremacy of law and non-acceptance of jackboot policies. They expressed confidence that further steps are needed to encourage mutually beneficial cooperation, including within the United Nations system.”
During his meeting with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic, Lavrov discussed key aspects of the Balkan situation, including the Kosovo settlement.
The Russian foreign minister also met with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Madagascar Pierrot Rajaonarivelo. “The ministers exchanged views on the development of the situation in the Malagasy settlement,” the spokesman said.
September 27, 2012
Lavrov warns against military intervention in Syria
NEW YORK: Moscow speaks against any external military interference and provoking of the Syrian opposition from outside.
“There is no doubt that the military approach, moreover the external military inference pose a serious threat to regional security and entails unpredictable consequences. Sustainable settlement is possible only through talks and the search for compromises that takes into account the interests of all confessions and ethnic groups,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Larvov said at an open session of the UN Security Council in News York.
“There is a basis for this: the development of the UN Security Council Resolutions 2042 and 2043 and Kofi Annan’s plan dated June 30. The Geneva communique of the ‘action group’ was approved. It nails down the consensus of all UN Security Council permanent members, the LAS, Turkey, EU and the UN Secretary General. We are certain that the Geneva communique is still up to date and in demand,” Lavrov said.
He also spoke in favor of effort of the UN/LAS envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.
Russian Information Agency Novosti
September 27, 2012
Putin slams the West over Syria
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has slammed the West over actions in the war-gripped Syria as “some Western countries have already triggered chaos in a number of countries but can’t stop doing it, pursuing the same policy in Syria”.
Putin met with residents of the Ryazan region Thursday, where he was asked about his stance on the Middle East and Syria.
The president said that he backs positive changes in all countries but is against imposing them violently as these changes should evolve internally.
September 27, 2012
Putin criticises Western policy in Syria
NOVO-OGAREVO: President Vladimir Putin critised the West over its policy with regard to Syria.
“The main point is that our partners cannot stop. They have already created an atmosphere of chaos in many territories and are now continuing the same policy in other countries, including Syria,” Putin said on Thursday, September 27.
At a meeting with Ryazan region residents, one of them asked the head of state about his position with regard to developments in the Middle East and Syria.
“Our position is to facilitate changes for the better in all countries without imposing what we consider right, especially by force, but rather to inspire development from within,” he said, adding that this is Russia’s position on the situation in Arab countries and Syria.
“We cautioned about the need to act carefully, without imposing anything by force in order to avoid chaos. And what do we see now? The situation looks very much like chaos,” Putin said.