Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:33PM GMT
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and the visiting UN-Arab League special envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, have fine-tuned their calls, demanding an urgent end to the spiraling violence in the Arab country.
“The United Nations and the Arab League which I represent have realized the sensitivity of the issue, and stress a quick end to the ongoing situation in Syria,” Brahimi told a joint press conference with Salehi on Sunday.
He went on to say that the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has laid emphasis on ending the violence in Syria, saying, “The UN Secretary-General calls for a halt to the supply of arms to Syria, and asks all countries maintaining good relations with the Syrian government to use these good relations and avoid bloodletting and carnage in Syria, and examine peaceful ways.”
He said the United Nations and the Arab League are ready for any kind of assistance to resolve this problem.
Salehi said the Islamic Republic was fully prepared to cooperate with the UN envoy in view of spelling an urgent end to the crisis in Syria.
The Iranian minister said Tehran has submitted an unofficial and written proposal to Brahimi as well as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey regarding the Syrian crisis.
“Given Lakhdar Brahimi’s experience in resolving international crises, we expect him to find a way out of crisis for Syria in cooperation with the regional and influential countries,” he said.
Brahimi appreciated Iran for inviting him to Tehran to discuss the situation in Syria, expressing hope that such cooperation would continue in the future.
Brahimi arrived in Tehran on Sunday to discuss the Syrian crisis with Iran. He is scheduled to meet with the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili on Monday.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists’ are the driving factors behind the unrest and deadly violence, but the opposition and the West accuse security forces of being behind the killings.
Tensions have been running high between Syria and Turkey, with Damascus accusing Turkey along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar of backing deadly insurgency that has claimed the lives of many Syrians, including security and Army personnel.