Russia and France want an end of the violence in Syria.
While the Iranian Foreign Ministry has repeated the call for a solution to the conflict in Syria by political and diplomatic means and urged all sides to take the necessary steps for the possibility of a political solution to the Syrian conflict, the Foreign Ministers of Russia and France have declared in an official statement after their meeting in Moscow that both governments want an end of the violence in Syria.
But back to Iran. The spokeswoman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry in the capital Tehran, Marzieh Afkham, said in a new statement that it is necessary to find a solution to the conflict and crisis in Syria by diplomatic and political means and that any military action against Damascus will not resolve the Syrian conflict, but worsen the situation of the Syrian people.
The spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry in Tehran added that Iran has some concerns about the attempts of the militarization in the Middle Eastern region and the possibility of an eruption of a war against Syria. Such a war on Syria would have dire consequences for the Syrians, but also for the entire Middle East. The spokesperson of the Iranian Foreign Ministry also said that Tehran supports the planned international peace conference in Geneva (Geneva II) and welcomes any effort to find a political solution for the Syrian conflict.
Marzieh Afkham, the spokeswoman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry in Tehran, also pointed out in this weekly press conference that Iran has no military presence in Syria and that Tehran is determined to continue its humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.
The spokesperson of Iran’s Foreign Ministry also mentioned Russia’s proposal to put the Syrian chemical weapons under an international supervision by the United Nations (UN) and described this initiative by Moscow as an “important step to keep a war away from the region.” She further expressed the Iranian concerns about the chemical weapons and nuclear weapons in Israel.
In an answer to a question about the recent statements by the President of France that the pressures on Syria have to be increased and that the military solution would be still on the table, the spokesperson of Tehran’s Foreign Ministry answered that Russia’s proposal and the agreements between Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry from Geneva are “positive steps to defuse the crisis”.
Afkham finally urged all countries to take all measures in order to find a political and diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict and to do everything possible to prevent a new war in the Middle East. The issues in the Middle East have to be resolved by political means. Every military action against a country in the Middle East would have fatal consequences for the entire region.
As mentioned, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his counterpart from France, Laurent Fabius, have met in Moscow in order to discuss the French draft resolution on Syria for the destruction of the chemical weapons stockpiles in the Arab country. In the joint press conference after their meeting, Sergey Lavrov has already said that the upcoming resolution at the UN Security Council (UNSC) will not refer to the Chapter 7 of the UN Charta, and thus, any use of military force against Syria is not allowed.
Both Foreign Ministers said in their joint press conference in Moscow that France and Russia would share the aim of ending the violence in Syria. Further, Russia and France would also share the goal of restoring the stability in Syria on the basis of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Arab country. However, the Foreign Ministers of Russia and France also said in their joint press event in Moscow that there are some differences in their way to achieve these goals for Syria.
While the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow and Paris have a mutual understanding of the importance to hold the planned international peace conference on the Syrian conflict in Geneva, the reference about the implementation of the decisions reached in the first meeting in Geneva in June 2012, which includes the forming of a so-called transitional committee for Syria, won`t delight all Syrians. The implementation of the decisions reached at the first conference in Geneva in June 2012 also includes the transfer of powers to the established transitional committee after all the parties in Syria have approved such a transfer of powers.
Sergey Lavrov added at the joint press conference with his counterpart from France that Moscow and Paris would have the same stance over the issue of Syria’s chemical weapons and the need to resolve it. France and Russia also agreed in Moscow that the Russian-US deal in terms of the chemical weapons stockpiles on Syrian soil will function to solve the issue.
The Russian Foreign Minister added that the discussion with his counterpart from France was focused on the issue of the non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and the need to hold an international conference to clear the region of the Middle East of these dangerous weapons. Lavrov further said that the recent agreement between Moscow and Washington in regards of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenals is a major step in order to clear the Middle Eastern region of these weapons.
While Lavrov described the discussion with the counterpart from France, Laurent Fabius, as “important and fruitful”, others certainly remain skeptical about the real intentions and statements by the government in Paris in terms of Syria because France is among the backers and supporters of the terrorism in the Arab country and also supports a possible US-led military strike against the Arab country. Not to mention the recent hypocritical and dangerous statements by the President of France, including all the already known propaganda against Syria. However, Sergey Lavrov had to say something like this. It´s policy, and policy is a whore.