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India favors political dialogue in Syria

Voicing its opposition to the use of force to resolve the crisis in Syria, India on Wednesday asked all sides to cooperate with the Arab League.

United Nations: Voicing its opposition to the
use of force to resolve the crisis in Syria, India on Wednesday asked
all sides to cooperate with the Arab League and start a
political process that should respect Damascus` sovereignty.

"We are firmly of the view that all sides need to cooperate with the League of Arab States. A political process
must begin without any further delay," Indian Ambassador to
the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said in his remarks during a special
session of Security Council at the UN headquarters here.

"The process should be led by the Syrians and should
respect Syria`s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity,"
Puri said at the meeting that was attended by US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton and her counterparts from Britain,
France, Germany and Morocco.

The problem in Syria is not merely security-related, it
is primarily political and economic and emanates from the
Syrian people`s desire to play a greater role in shaping their
destiny, he observed.

Resolution of this problem cannot be found in violence or
armed struggle and its violent suppression, Puri said, adding
that nor can a solution be reached through prescriptions from

"The Syrian people demand and deserve empowerment so that
a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political solution can be found
in an atmosphere free of violence and bloodshed," he said.

Unequivocally and strongly condemning all violence in
Syria, Puri said India sees the efforts of the League of Arab
States in Syria in light of its support for a political
resolution of the crisis.

"We had noted that the deployment of the League?s
Observer Mission across several areas in the country had had a
calming effect and are disappointed that the Mission was
suspended on January 28 on account of a serious deterioration
in the form of continuing violence," he said.

Puri said the League of Arab States, as an important
regional organisation, should play its required and historic
role in promoting political dialogue among the Syrian parties.

"This dialogue can build upon the package of political
reforms already announced by the Syrian leadership and also
bring about necessary changes to the package of political
reforms so that it finds acceptance among all sections of the
Syrian society," he said asserting that the outcome of this
dialogue cannot be prejudged.

"The outcome should also be acceptable to the widest
segment of Syrian society for it to resolve the present crisis
and be enduring," he argued.

Arab and Western states urged the UN Security Council at
act swiftly on a resolution calling for Assad to step aside.

However, China, along with Russia, has resisted a Western
push for a Security Council resolution condemning the Syrian
government`s 10-month crackdown on pro-reform protests.

Both China and Russia have reiterated their opposition to
the use of force to resolve the crisis in Syria.



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