Syria hopes new envoy will initiate national dialogue

Published August 23rd, 2012 - 03:26 GMT
Lakhdar Brahimi
Lakhdar Brahimi

Syria will cooperate with the new international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to establish a "national dialogue" as soon as possible, said Thursday Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad. "We have informed the United Nations of our position on cooperation" with Mr. Brahimi "and we look forward to (...) discover the ideas that he will propose to solve the problems here," said Meqdad after a final meeting with General Babacar Gaye, head of the UN observer mission, which ended Sunday.

"We will cooperate undoubtedly with Brahimi as we have cooperated with the Arab and international observers," he added.

Mr. Brahimi replaced Kofi Annan as the Arab League and the UN envoy. Annan, the former UN chief, resigned after the failure of his efforts to resolve the conflict in Syria that has lasted more than 17 months.

"We're not going to tell Mr. Brahimi what to do before it happens, he is an international expert," the Syrian official said. "But I think a good understanding of the evolution of the crisis off international pressure is a key point." "I think Mr. Brahimi will launch a national dialogue as soon as possible because there will be no Syria winner but the West. Syria is to win by its people, by its chief and its government, making the right choices in this complicated situation," he further said.

Seeing "foreign interference" as the primary "cause of the Syrian crisis," he urged Mr. Brahimi to" play an active role "in the face" of parties who do not want a resolution of the crisis and in particular the parts that arm and fund terrorists, extremists and Salafists. "

"The factors that aggravate the crisis are well known. Armed and terrorist groups are supported by regional parties, including support provided by Turkey to dangerous terrorist groups by providing them sophisticated weapons,"said Mr. Meqdad.

This official also accused Turkey of "giving these terrorists, including Al Qaeda, free access to Syria. I think this must stop."

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