Minister to brief media on UN Syria vote

2012-07-20 07:45

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.

  • Koos - 2012-07-20 08:08

    WOW .... there are two sides? Who knew..... Damn these guys are truly the “Masters of the obvious”.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-07-20 08:17

    Poor Syrians...brutalised at the mercy of China, Russia (and SA?). Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for NATO and USA to step in - they did a splendid job in Libya.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 10:01

      Bombing and destroying another country's infrastructure is splendid to you. Have you asked the Libyans, Iraqis or Afghans what a splendid job Nato does? The level of stupidity would be shocking weren't it for the fact that ignorance pumps adrenalin into the veins of its victims with an unusual aplomb.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-20 10:11

      The Libyans will forever be grateful to Nato, And if that does not fit in your tiny little , childish, stupid anti Western world, tough luck, go and suck a dummy !!!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 10:06

    Well done to the SA government for seeking a peaceful resolution to this conflict.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-20 10:12

      Sitting on a fence, does NOBODY any good !!!

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