SA against military intervention in Syria

2013-08-29 10:48
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Pretoria - The South African government does not support the idea of military intervention in Syria, the department of international relations and co-operation said on Thursday.

While the government remained “deeply concerned about the continuing violence and rapidly deteriorating human rights situation” it did not believe in bombing the country, Dirco spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

“South Africa is alarmed at the latest escalation in the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic and condemns the use of chemical weapons,” Monyela said.

“The use of these weapons in Syria is of serious concern and is wholly unacceptable by any standard.  No cause could ever justify the use of weapons of mass destruction.”
 
However, Monyela said that “bombing the already suffering people and crumbling infrastructure of Syria, will [not] contribute to a sustainable solution”.

Britain, France and the United States have been spearheading calls for military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime over the alleged chemical attacks.

US President Barack Obama told PBS NewsHour that his government had concluded that Assad's regime was behind the horrific attack on civilians in a Damascus suburb that killed hundreds of people.

But no decision has been made yet on whether to strike Syria, he said.

However Obama said he had concluded that "direct military engagement, involvement in the civil war in Syria, would not help the situation on the ground".

Monyela said South Africa believed the outcome of military intervention was unpredictable and will only serve to worsen the conflict.

“It will ultimately be the people of Syria who pay the price, whilst those participating in the military intervention will return to safety far away from the crisis.”

The South African government urged all parties involved in the conflict to engage in a process of all-inclusive national dialogue, free of any form of violence.

South Africa believed in a political solution be sought, Monyela said.
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