Iran warns against intervention in Syria
Tehran - Iran on Thursday stressed its opposition to any foreign intervention in Syria, its chief Middle East ally, and called for a "political" solution to the bloody conflict there.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran once again reiterates its emphasis on solving the current Syrian situation via political means and refraining from any hasty move and intervention," foreign ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast said, according to the website of state television network IRIB.
Iran "will go along any plan that does not violates this nation's sovereignty, which includes the reform plans by the president and helps stability and calmness and also prepares the ground for national dialogue," he said.
Monitors say more than 9 100 people have been killed in the year-old revolt against the regime of President Bashar Assad that has been met with a brutal crackdown.
The UN Security Council on Wednesday passed a statement urging Assad and his foes to implement "fully and immediately" a peace plan put forward by international envoy Kofi Annan.
The plan calls for Assad to pull troops and heavy weapons out of protest cities, a daily two-hour humanitarian pause to hostilities, access to all areas affected by the fighting, and a UN-supervised halt to all clashes.