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UN chief says Iran can play role in resolving Syrian crisis

English.news.cn   2012-08-29 22:53:34            

TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who arrived in Iran on Wednesday to attend the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit, said the Syrian issue is among the subjects of his talks with the Iranian officials and Iran can play a role in resolving the crisis.

Speaking to reporters upon arrival at Tehran's international airport, Ban said "During my visit to Tehran, I plan to meet with senior Iranian officials, including the country's leaders, in this regard (the Syrian crisis)," according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

Iran can play an important role in the resolution of the regional conflicts, including the peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis, said Ban.

Talking to reporters at a joint press conference with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Ban expressed hope that Iran's rotating presidency of the movement will lead to its further cooperation with the UN in dealing with the international issues.

Larijani also asked for the active involvement of the UN secretary general in tackling the regional and Syrian conflicts.

Later in the day, Ban met with Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and held talks over regional and international issues.

The talks were held behind closed doors and no details were disclosed.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq said Tuesday that Ban will convey to Iran "the clear concerns and expectations of the international community on the issues such as Iran's nuclear program, terrorism, human rights and the crisis in Syria.

At the press conference after the closing ceremony of the ministerial level NAM meeting in Tehran on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said that in the meeting the Syrian issue was discussed in detail and the participants called on the governments to respond to their people's demands.

Ali-Akbar Salehi added the foreign ministers emphasized that the reforms in Syria should be implemented without foreign intervention.

In an interview with Xinhua, Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said that the Syrian crisis should be solved by Syrians themselves, as foreign military intervention would only aggravate the violence in the unrest-torn country.

"The Syrian crisis should be addressed through dialogue within the country," the Algerian minister said. "Foreign forces should not interfere in Syria's domestic affairs."

Putting an end to the Syrian crisis is critical to restore regional stability and security, he said, calling on the Arab League (AL) and other regional organizations to play a positive role over this issue and to promote negotiation and dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition.

"As a regional power, Iran has close relationships with the Syrian government, and should be able to exert positive influence over the Syrian crisis," said Medelci.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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