7 June 2012
Statement by H.E. Mr. Mohammad Khazaee
Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
at the Informal Meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations
on the Situation in Syria (7 June 2012, New York)
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President,
At the outset, Mr. President, I would like to express my delegation appreciation to special envoy, H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan for his dedication and efforts as well as his well balanced statement today before General Assembly.
On the Mission of Mr. Kofi Annan I would like to say that there are a number of elements that undermine the success of his Mission. These include the non-compliance of armed groups to the cease fire call. At the same time and even from the very beginning of the Syrian crisis, officials of some countries have taken positions and made provocative statements which were more in line with undermining any possibility of a political settlement.
Moreover, an element has reappeared this time in Syria which is the violent and extremist groups with its massive terrorist operations and targeting indiscriminately the innocent people and causing the destruction of public buildings and property and abduction of innocent people.
The vivid example is what happened in Hulah and Hama. We all must condemn this terrorist act by terrorist groups and before rushing to any judgment that the Syrian Government is behind the killings and therefore the Kofi Annan’s plan is dead, we have to wait for the investigations to completer.
The continuation of violence and leveling recriminatory allegations against one another not only does not solve any problem, rather it would only inflame the situation. Unless there are meaningful measures to curtail such destructive moves, there would be little chance for the success of a peaceful solution.
The more this crisis is prolonged; the more instability it creates for Syria and for the region as a whole with its adverse effects to the economy, energy market and overall prosperity for the people in the region. We need, therefore, to call on the opposition groups that the only way for the realization of political aspirations is through a peaceful Syrian-led political process.
There is also an urgent need for all those who are providing money, logistics and arms to the opposition groups to stop that immediately. They should know that the smoke from the fire in Syria will, in one way or another, pollute the region as a whole.
Mr. Kofi Annan plan is, in fact, a turning point in resolving the Syrian crisis. It moved the situation from a military phase to a political process. Therefore, this process should be maintained and strengthened so that we do not return back to square one.
Syrian government has taken some concrete steps within reform process including the parliamentary election and constitutional revisions.
We believe that the Special Envoy still can play a major role in facilitating an engagement of the Syrian political groups with the Government for a Syrian-lead political process. The reform process underway by the Government is a positive response to the aspirations of the Syrians. Our target should be concentrated on a process that will lead to a broader political reconciliation, strengthening national unity, ensuring public order, stability and prosperity of the Syrian people.
I should reiterate once again that the Islamic Republic of Iran is supportive of constructive, unbiased, impartial and peaceful Syrian-led political process and we stand ready to play our role in that process. We sincerely hope that Kofi Annan’s mission leads to a prompt end to violence and continuation of the political process in Syria in resolving peacefully the crisis in Syria.
In conclusion, Mr. President, the representative of the Zionist regime made non-sense and baseless allegations against my country. The international community is fed up with this regime in its inhuman< aggressive, criminal record and terrorist activities in the region and elsewhere which is the main source of insecurity and instability in the Middle East.
This regime abuses every opportunity to take away the world’s attention from its atrocities and statement in today’s plenary should be observed in that context.
Thank you very much Mr. President