SA condemns violence in Syria

2012-03-22 21:39

Cape Town - South Africa has condemned the escalating violence in Syria and has urged that country to seek a peaceful political solution.

"The situation continues to escalate despite calls... for the Syrian government and the armed opposition to stop the violence and settle their differences in a peaceful manner," the department of international relations said in a statement on Thursday.

South Africa had consistently expressed its deep concern about the deteriorating political, security, socio-economic and humanitarian situation in Syria.

"We condemn the violent loss of life in Syria and call for maximum restraint from all the parties to the conflict.

"We urge the parties to immediately stop the violence and commit themselves to finding a peaceful political solution, through a Syrian-led and owned, transparent and all-inclusive political process that will fulfil the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people."

Such a process should ensure a guarantee of the people's fundamental political rights and freedoms and deliver political reform, justice, human rights and socio-economic development.

South Africa welcomed and supported the appointment last month of former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan as UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, as well as the strong support expressed by the Security Council for his efforts.

"Even though the UN General Assembly mandated the appointment of a joint special envoy, the Security Council should remain seized with the matter, because ultimately any UN deployment will have to be mandated by the Security Council," it said.

Meanwhile, the United States has warned Syria to co-operate with a UN-backed peace plan.

The BBC reported on Wednesday that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had urged President Bashar Assad to "take this path, commit to it, or face increasing pressure and isolation".

The peace plan, put forward by Annan, was endorsed by the UN Security Council earlier this week, with support from Russia and China.

Wire service reports out of Syria on Thursday, were that government forces had entered the city of Hama, after a night of heavy shelling.

According to UN estimates, more than 8 000 people have been killed in the year-long conflict, which observers say could develop into a full-blown civil war.

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-22 23:03

    Why do we always have to be so f.cking diplomatic ? Can't we just for ONCE stand up for Human Rights : And tell this terrorist assad, loud and clear; "STOP MURDERING YOUR OPPOSITION" It just makes no sense whatsoever, to call on BOTH sides , to stop the violence!!!!! That is insane !!!!! If a woman gets raped, you don't shout at the woman to stop the violence!!!!!!!

      Sipho - 2012-03-22 23:28

      fred,you have NO more lies to tell after the C.I.A. in america has stated on the record that it was AL-QAEDA FROM IRAQ who bombed the syrian intel offices earlier this week and then used SUICIDE BOMBERS to bomb the armed forces building! you are INSANE for continuing to post one lie after another about this al-qaeda backed revolt! besides,your lies will get you no where because the russians have their NUCLEAR AIR CRAFT CARRIER parked in syrian waters and has already told nato that if they attack syria,then the russians will defend them! you are out of lies to tell dude!

      Fred - 2012-03-23 01:35

      A little hyper there Sipho. That was Africa21stCentury, not me. Nonetheless, the Human Spirit is free, deserves freedom, yearns for goodness, beauty and truth. Under conditions of oppression and dictatorship, violence and terror spread and prevail. It has been decided, emphasis on decided, at deep, high levels that freedom of expression and freedom of choice will prevail in the Middle East. The idea is that under those conditions terror and oppression will reduce. Everyone will have a voice, not a gun or a bomb, a voice, and with this powerlessness and urges to destroy will reduce. It's sad, tragic really that you would oppose these necessary changes, and support instead the barbaric, cruel, self-serving destruction, murder, violence of an unelected dictator and his family, over these most human essentials. Sad, tragic. But ultimately pointless, because the decisions have been made. It's just the implementation that has still to happen. Not only in Syria, by the way, Iran too.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-23 02:46

      Sipho/thatconfusedtbrotherfromthestates, For most of 2011, you were going on and on about AL-Qaeda. That was the reason that this terrorist gaddafi should be have been left alone. Well, your hero is gone, and is Al-Qaeda influential in Libya ?? NO !!! That Al-Qaeda story, you just brought along to confuse us, and to cover up the fact that you are an admirer of; TERRORIST, DICTATORS, TYRANTS AND MURDERERS. You better start looking for your next hero, this assad thug is on the way out. The only friends this terrorist has got left, are a few on this site!!! Sure, Al-Qaeda is in Syria, like in many countries in the world, but they are not going to dertemine the future of Syria. The Syrians will do so themselves !!!

  • Fred - 2012-03-23 02:11

    South Africa's voice is so weak and small. It's sad after all we went through and gained after Apartheid. Weak and small, when it could be proud and big.

  • Ashen - 2012-03-23 06:50

    I don't think it's appropriate for SA to condemn violence in another country due to the proverbial "spec in your eye, log in my eye" phrase. SA government, sort out your own issues first before sticking your nose elsewhere

  • anthro45 - 2012-03-23 06:54

    Syria, consider yourself condemned. Wow, now you're screwed.

  • Mike - 2012-03-23 09:32

    What a bunch of hypocrites! Their own country is one of the most violent in the world, 'transparent proccess' yet they pushing the secrecy bill!! WTF!!

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