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Conference on Syria in Tehran (SANA)
Conference on Syria in Tehran (SANA)

Iran convenes conference on Syria

(DP-News - Agencies A)

TEHRAN- After numerous failed diplomatic attempts by the United Nations to rein in the violence in Syria, a conference on Syrian conflict under the title "Discarding Violence and Supporting National Dialogue" has begun in Tehran on Thursday.

Press reports said that the consultative meeting in Tehran will focus on the issue of Syria in which a large number of countries will participate and discuss the Syrian developments.



Other press reports said that Iran will today try to hijack international diplomacy as peace broker in Syria by stepping into the vacuum created by the resignation of Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab envoy, last week.





Representatives of different world states, including Russia, China, Belarus, Mauritania, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Benin, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Algeria, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Oman, Venezuela, Tajikistan, India, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Sudan, Jordan, Tunisia and Palestine at the level of three foreign ministers, two acting deputy ministers, 7 deputy ministers, 15 ambassadors and also the UN envoy to Tehran are attending the meeting.



Taking Annan's six-point plan into consideration, Iran looks forward to bringing like-minded countries together to implement three essential points for solving the Syrian crisis, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said, Mehr reported.
Salehi publicized those three points in an article of his that was published in Washington Post.



Iran’s foreign minister Salehi, wrote in an Op-Ed for the Washington Post on Wednesday that “Iran seeks a solution that is in the interest of everyone. Syrian society is a beautiful mosaic of ethnicities, faiths and cultures, and it will be smashed to pieces should President Bashar al-Assad abruptly fall. The idea that, in that event, there would be an orderly transition of power is an illusion.”



However, Western diplomats say the conference in Iran was created to not only preserve President Bashar al-Assad’s rule in Syria, but shift the world’s attention away from the ongoing bloodshed there.



Iranian officials traveled to Syria this week after rebels kidnapped 48 Iranians. Tehran insists the captured men were religious pilgrims, but the rebels who took responsibility for the kidnapping have said they are members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.



According to UN, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria has exceeded 17,000 people. About 230,000 people became refugees.

About three million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.



The Syrian authorities say that they oppose the well-armed militants.

The Syrian government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad. Iran convenes conference on Syria
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TEHRAN- After numerous failed diplomatic attempts by the United Nations to rein in the violence in Syria, a conference on Syrian conflict under the title "Discarding Violence and Supporting National Dialogue" has begun in Tehran on Thursday.



Press reports said that the consultative meeting in Tehran will focus on the issue of Syria in which a large number of countries will participate and discuss the Syrian developments.



Other press reports said that Iran will today try to hijack international diplomacy as peace broker in Syria by stepping into the vacuum created by the resignation of Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab envoy, last week.



Representatives of different world states, including Russia, China, Belarus, Mauritania, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Benin, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Algeria, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Oman, Venezuela, Tajikistan, India, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Sudan, Jordan, Tunisia and Palestine at the level of three foreign ministers, two acting deputy ministers, 7 deputy ministers, 15 ambassadors and also the UN envoy to Tehran are attending the meeting.



Taking Annan's six-point plan into consideration, Iran looks forward to bringing like-minded countries together to implement three essential points for solving the Syrian crisis, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said, Mehr reported.
Salehi publicized those three points in an article of his that was published in Washington Post.



Iran’s foreign minister Salehi, wrote in an Op-Ed for the Washington Post on Wednesday that “Iran seeks a solution that is in the interest of everyone. Syrian society is a beautiful mosaic of ethnicities, faiths and cultures, and it will be smashed to pieces should President Bashar al-Assad abruptly fall. The idea that, in that event, there would be an orderly transition of power is an illusion.”



However, Western diplomats say the conference in Iran was created to not only preserve President Bashar al-Assad’s rule in Syria, but shift the world’s attention away from the ongoing bloodshed there.



Iranian officials traveled to Syria this week after rebels kidnapped 48 Iranians. Tehran insists the captured men were religious pilgrims, but the rebels who took responsibility for the kidnapping have said they are members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.



According to UN, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria has exceeded 17,000 people. About 230,000 people became refugees.

About three million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.



The Syrian authorities say that they oppose the well-armed militants.

The Syrian government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

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