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Position taken by Russia, China at UN to allow Syria to carry out reforms

October 05, 2011, 23:04 UTC+3

The political forces have held rallies in front of the Russian and Chinese embassies in Damascus to hail the two countries’ friendly stance on Syria

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BEIRUT, October 5 (Itar-Tass) – Russia and China’s stance at the UN Security Council where the two countries vetoed a resolution on anti-Syrian sanctions has shown that the forces capable of depending peoples against injustices, interference and intervention have re-emerged in the international arena, an official spokesman for the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in Damascus Wednesday.

On behalf of the Syrian government, the thanked Brazil, India, the South African Republic, and Lebanon – the countries whose ambassadors abstained from voting at the Security Council – for the position they had taken.

Dr Bouthaina al-Shaaban, an advisor to the Syrian President Bashar al-Asad, said on her part that had it not been for the veto imposed by Moscow and Beijing, Syria would have faced the fame plight as Iraq, Libya or Afghanistan.

She called the day, on which the Russian and Chinese ambassadors vetoed the resolution drafted by NATO member-states, “a historic day for the Syrian people.”

Russia and China have given the Syrians time to bring to completion the reforms that have been launched and to change over to a democratic multiparty system.

The political forces supporting President Asad have held rallies in front of the Russian and Chinese embassies in Damascus to hail the two countries’ friendly stance on Syria.

Also Wednesday, Syrian ambassador in Moscow Riyad Haddad thanked the Russian government for the support his country received during the voting on a resolution on anti-Syrian sanctions at the UN Security Council, Foreign Ministry officials said after the ambassador’s meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

“The ambassador thanked the Russian side for preventing the passage of a resolution that might have opened the road to foreign interference in Syria’s affairs along the Libyan model,” Haddad said.

He emphasized the deplorable role some Arabic and international mass media have played in the events currently unfolding in his country. Their coverage of the situation contained gross distortions and insinuations of every description, including the circulation of alleged statements, which the Syrian political and state leaders had never made in reality.

“Russia confirms its principled stance on the inadmissibility of outside interference in Syrian internal affairs, on the necessity of ruling out any acts of violence in the country and on the importance of pressing steps towards the implementation of political, social and economic changes that have been declared,” Mikhail Bogdanov said.

He also urged the conflicting sides in Syria to open a broad national dialogue that would embrace all the fruitfully minded political forces.


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