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Medvedev urges Syria solution

2012-02-08 22:37

Moscow - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wants the search for a solution to the Syrian crisis to continue, including within the United Nations Security Council, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

Medvedev urged "the necessity of continuing - including at the UN Security Council - a search for co-ordinated approaches to help the Syrians regulate the crisis themselves" in a phone call with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He added this must happen "without outside interference, with complete respect for the sovereignty of Syria".

Russia last week used its veto at the Security Council to block UN action on Syria, a decision that Medvedev described as justified, arguing the proposed resolution did not promote the search for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

The proposed resolution "did not allow us to make unbiased assessments of the situation in Syria or to ensure that the call for a ceasefire and an end to bloodshed was addressed to both sides," Medvedev was quoted as saying.

"Such a resolution would not have promoted the search for a peaceful way out of the crisis."

The Kremlin issued the statement after Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned the West against behaving "like a bull in a china shop" by intervening in Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday after talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus that the Syrian people themselves must decide their fate, and urged the opposition to hold talks with Assad's government.

Comments
  • Fred - 2012-02-08 23:03

    Neither he nor Putin understand that violent dictatorships do not pass the sovereignty test. Unless they wake up, they're going to be swept aside by the Russian people. The Information Age will not allow them the retard Russia's growth.

      Kelvin - 2012-02-08 23:30

      Russian is only acting in the interest of unsettling the precedent that was created during the Libyan protests and thereafter conflict. The UN was duped into believing that the NATO actions where aimed at protecting the civilians but then it was the obvious later on that it was about regime change. So this time they refused!

      Fred - 2012-02-09 03:58

      NATO actions were entirely about protecting Libyans from Gaddafi's madness. Through his own decision Gaddafi caused regime change at the hands of his own people who he was killing by the thousands. Apart from that, humanity has a responsibility to remove violent leaders, don't you think? We absolutely do. To do otherwise is to be weak and irresponsible.

      Kevin - 2012-02-09 07:18

      Fred you are right, once the protests in Libya started Ghaddafi promised to crush them and exterminate the protestors. Kelvin Ghaddafi was an unelected dictator ruling by fear with torture and killing of opponents his governments policy, along with sponsoring international terrorism (the IRA, Lockerbie bombing etc) so when the opportunity arose the West acted.

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 08:27

      I don't know if it is your ignorance of history or your naivety which is most appalling! Libya did have elections which were nothing like and needn't be comparable to the western style democracy, but you believe that every human on earth should do democracy the western way. It's entirely possible that new political structures will arise which are not only more coherent than the west's but which even they would accept provide adequate levels of freedom for the individual. The fact that you can't even imagine how anyone could do that without blindly following the western style of democracy shows precisely why Westerners should keep their hands off other people's revolutions.

      Fred - 2012-02-10 09:14

      Another twist of reality to suit your faulty view of the world. Gaddafi-style elections were for arms of government other than the executive. You can't duck and dive in the Information Age, Fidel, but you can use the incredible resources of information to straighten your faulty view of the world. Here's hoping.

  • Jaba - 2012-02-09 06:13

    Heading should read: "Medvedev urges Syria FINAL solution"

  • Fidel - 2012-02-09 08:34

    Medved has become irrelevant, he has no power to do anything. In November last year he said Assad must go, falling in line with his western string pullers, enter Putin and his rhetoric has changed. "Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday after talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus that the Syrian people themselves must decide their fate, and urged the opposition to hold talks with Assad's government" What can be more difficult than this, well done Russia and China, you are both showing true leadership.

      Fred - 2012-02-10 09:16

      Medvedev's strings were being pulled by the West under Putin's nose. This is as strange, deranged really, as your idea that anti-semites are Jew-hating Jews. It's gets querier by the minute.

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