Dialogue Conference Rejects Foreign Interference, Endorses Formation of Follow-up Committee to Achieve National Reconciliation

Nov 20, 2012


TEHRAN, (SANA)_ The Syrian National Dialogue Conference stressed rejection of any form of foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs and the necessity of exerting all efforts to hold the comprehensive national dialogue and achieve the national reconciliation.

Wrapping up its activities on Monday, the two-day conference endorsed the formation of follow-up committee to follow up the Syrian national dialogue and prepare for holding the next national dialogue conference due to be held in Damascus.

In its final statement, the conference reiterated rejection of all forms of violence and condemned those who smuggle weapons to the gunmen in Syria and support terrorists.

It also called for the need to dry up the sources of terrorism which flow into Syria from Arab, regional and international sides.

The statement considered that the crisis in Syria has reached an acute status which is opened to the most dangerous possibilities, therefore the participants in the conference called for stopping violence, starting dialogue and launching a political process and a road map drawn by the Syrians themselves without any foreign interference to reach a comprehensive and peaceful democratic change through the ballot boxes.

It stressed that the participants in the conference called on Iran and the BRICS countries to put all possible and serious pressures on the Turkish regime due to its central , dangerous and direct role in the crisis in Syria.

They also called on the UN and the human rights organization to interfere to stop the dangerous violations regarding the statements and direct military interference or training armed terrorist groups with the aim of committing assassination operations as Britain is doing.

The statement condemned all forms of terrorism and sectarian instigation and civil war.

It condemned the economic sanctions imposed on Syria and all other sanctions that targeted mainly the Syrian people.

In this regard, the participants drew the attention of the international community, particularly the UN bodies and the human rights organizations to the risks and the repercussions of these sanctions and boycott on the Syrian people, calling to immediately lift them.

The participants also called on all sides to set procedures that contribute in creating a climate of safety for the Syrian people, launching dialogue, discussing the file of detainees and missing, allowing the humanitarian assistance to reach the disaster areas besides putting the safety of the roads in the hands of the Syrian Army.

The statement condemned the Israeli military aggression on Gaza and in the occupied Syrian Golan exploiting the current situation and the crisis in Syria.

The participants in the conference thanked Iran, government and people for hosting the conference, its neutral stance and genuine intentions to encourage all sides to attend the conference for dialogue and democracy.

Participants Stress Need for Continuing Comprehensive National Dialogue to Find Political Solution to Crisis in Syria, Rejecting Violence and Stopping the Arming and Funding of Terrorists in Syria

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salhi said that Iran has launched the initiative to start dialogue among the Syrian parties and laid the foundation for this dialogue given that the parties concerned will continue dialogue among themselves.

In a statement on the sidelines of the two-day National Dialogue Conference in Tehran, he hailed the accord reached in the conference which provides for forming a committee to follow up on a comprehensive national dialogue in Syria.

He added that the committee comprises of representatives from all Syrian parties who are educated, high-qualified figures and enjoy popular ground in Syria, indicating that they will start their work today.

The Iranian Foreign Minister condemned the continuous Israeli crimes against Gaza Strip calling upon the international organizations, particularly the United Nations, and the Islamic countries to take immediate measures to protect the defenseless.

In turn, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hussein Amir Abdullahian, said that the committee’s main task is to prepare what is necessary for the upcoming Syrian national conference in Damascus.

In statements to SANA reporter, representatives of the different Syrian parties participating in the conference appreciated the Iranian initiative to host the Syrian National Dialogue Conference, stressing the need for immediate halt of all forms and acts of violence in Syria.

The participants voiced rejection to all forms of foreign intervention in Syria, stressing the need to continue national dialogue sessions inside Syria to achieve the comprehensive national reconciliation.

Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs, Ali Haidar, hailed Iran’s efforts to make this conference a success, adding that the Iranians did not interfere in the details of the conference, the conclusion statement or in the formation of the follow-up committee, and that their role was restricted to facilitating the convention of this conference.

Haidar added that the conference achieved the desired results as two important points were reached, the first of which is the formation of the follow-up committee for observing the continuation of dialogue with all sides.

He stressed readiness to launch a mechanism for dialogue with all those who want to, adding that it is the first step for the national opposition parties and forces in Syria which raised the banner of “No for Violence… Yes for Democracy , Peaceful Solution and Peaceful Process.”

Haidar added that the second point is that all participants agreed on an objective statement which included practical and applicable solutions, adding that this accord has laid the foundation to start the long-hoped dialogue in the next days.

Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection, Qadri Jamil said that the Syrian National Dialogue Conference in Tehran constitutes the start to reach a solution through dialogue and in peaceful means which is an advanced step to support dialogue between all Syrian sides, hoping the engagement of more sides in dialogue to achieve important results.

Leader of the Popular Will Party, Dr. Jamil said that the participants stressed the importance of reaching a political solution to the crisis in Syria and preventing the intervention of foreign powers in the Syrian affairs.

He said that the meeting in Tehran contributed to converging viewpoints of the work group member states (Iran, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia) to solve issues related to Syria and help achieve better results in future meetings.

For his part, Chairman of the National Initiative for Syrian Kurds and the member of the People’s Assembly , Omar Ossi, said that the conference was successful despite the boycott by some opposition sides abroad and inside Syria, adding that such stance did not serve the Syrian interests.

He said that the conference represents a political platform to launch the political process in Syria and to find a peaceful way out of the crisis, adding that he presented a work paper on the aggressive Turkish role and participation in the global war waged on Syria through providing logistic support, money and arms to the armed Wahabi terrorist groups in Syria to destabilize its security.

Ossi added that Syria is facing a global war in which more than 130 countries are involved , adding that this war aims at fragmenting Syria into sectarian cantons within the framework of the so-called Middle East Project and “Creative Chaos”.

Head of the Syrian Communist Party, Omar Bekdash hailed the Iranian efforts to reach a solution, stressing his Party’s principled stance in rejection of foreign intervention in Syria and calling for consolidating the Syrian steadfastness in the face of the reactionary powers’ ferocious attack against their country.

MP Mohammad Kher Bin Jasem al-Nader said that Syria is the safety valve for the security and stability of the Arab nation, as there is no solution to the crisis but dialogue.

For her part, Secretary General of the National Youth Party for Justice and Development, Barwin Ibrahim, stressed that the conference directed a message to world peoples and states revealing that the foreign opposition that allowed itself to hold a conference in Doha is part of the crisis as it rejected dialogue with the convening parties.

Head of the Peaceful Change Path Movement, Fateh jamous, stressed that what is required is stimulating the parties which have not attended the Dialogue Conference in Tehran in order to attend future meetings, considering that the conference constitutes an important and positive step for overcoming the crisis.

A number of the People’s Assembly members stressed the need for rejecting violence and condemning those who smuggle weapons and support terrorists in Syria, calling for the necessity of drying up all sources of terrorism flowing from Arab, regional and international sides.

Leader of the Turkish Felicity Party, Mustafa Kamalak, called for the need of halting violence in Syria under current circumstances and preventing any western military intervention in it, stressing the importance of achieving unity among the Islamic countries.

Secretary of the People’s Assembly, Khaled al-Abboud, underlined the importance of the conference in bringing political parties together, in addition to forming the follow up committee.

Representatives of the Syrian government and opposition groups and more than 200 political and religious figures as well as representatives from Russia, China, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Sudan, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua and Brazil participated in the two-day conference.

Brojerdi Hopes the Conference would be cornerstone for Reconciliation

Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Political Committee at the Iranian Shura Council Alaa Al-Din Brojerdi hoped that the Syrian national Dialogue conference of Tehran would be the cornerstone to help solve the crisis in Syria and shift from violence to reconciliation and political dialogue.

In a statement, Brojerdi also wished that the countries which adopt the policy of instigation  and igniting wars would change their stances, adding that the said conference was held in Tehran with the participation of more than 130 figures and 40 Syrian opposition groups.  

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