Minister to brief media on UN Syria vote

2012-07-20 07:45
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Johannesburg - Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim will brief the media on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) vote on the situation in Syria, in Pretoria on Friday.

The vote, on the extension of the mandate of the UN supervision mission in Syria, was held in New York on Thursday.

At the time, Ebrahim said the violence in Syria was "spinning out of control".

He said putting an end to the suffering of innocent civilians was a priority.

South Africa had called for an immediate end to the violence and for talks to reach a Syrian-led transition reflecting the will of the Syrians.

Ebrahim said South Africa supported the efforts of the Joint Special Envoy for Syria Kofi Annan towards ending the conflict.

He said a bomb in the capital Damascus on Wednesday, which killed senior government officials, including defence minister Daoud Rajha, and "the many horrific massacres" of the past few weeks, showed there were two sides to the conflict.

The UNSC should "express strong and unified support for Mr Annan and to call on all parties to cease the violence immediately", Ebrahim said.

- SAPA
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