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Abdullah bin Zayed heads UAE delegation to Geneva 2 Conference on Syria

posted on 23/01/2014: 1431 views



Montreux: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, has led the UAE delegation to the Geneva 2 Conference, which began yesterday in the city of Montreux, Switzerland, as an international effort with the aim of ending the Syrian civil war.

The Syrian Civil War. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged the Government, the opposition, and representatives of some 40 other countries and regional organization to seize the historic opportunity to end the bloodshed.

"After nearly three painful years of conflict and suffering in Syria, today is a day of fragile but real hope," he told the opening session of the high-level segment of the United Nations peace conference on Syria in Montreux, Switzerland.

Ki-moon noted that for the first time, the Syrian Government and the Syria opposition, countries of the region, and the wider international community are convening to seek a political solution to the death, destruction and displacement that is the dire reality of life in Syria today.

He added, "All Syrians, and all in the region affected by this crisis, are looking to you gathered here to end the unspeakable human suffering, to save Syria's rich societal mosaic, and to embark on a meaningful political process to achieve a Syrian-led transition." US Secretary of State John Kerry, who along with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov has led efforts to orchestrate the peace conference, also made an opening statement.

"We see only one option, negotiating a transition government born by mutual consent," he said. "That means that Bashar al-Assad will not be part of that transition government. There is no way, no way possible, that a man who has led a brutal response to his own people can regain legitimacy to govern," Kerry said.

He added that Syria will not be a place for thousands of extremists who perpetuate violent ideology and exacerbate the suffering of Syrian people, noting that Geneva 1 communique agreed in June 2012 is the way forward, calling on setting up a transitional government in Syria.

Lavrov said, "Our joint aim is to put an end to the Syrian tragic conflict. There is no way for reaching solution by force", adding that only dialogue can bring peace.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called for political solution and a transitional government that enjoys full executive authorities. He accused the Syrian regime of mass killings, urging all the parties to adopt urgent confidence measures.

For his part, the Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal called for observing Geneva 1 communique and implementing it, describing the situation in Syria as the major catastrophe in modern time, noting that The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has urged the Syrian regime to refrain from using violence. He noted that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has no future role in Syria, calling for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Syria.

A number of representatives delivered similar speeches. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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