H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar
The Second Meeting Of The Group of The Friends of Syria "Syrian People"
Istanbul, 1 April 2012
His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,|
Prime Minister of Turkey
His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Davutoglu,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey
Ladies and Gentlemen,
At the outset, I beseech God to rest the souls of martyrs in Syria, and we wish the injured speedy recovery. I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to the sisterly Republic of Turkey for hosting the Second Meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People.
Thanks are also due to the sisterly Republic of Tunisia for hosting the first meeting, in the conclusion of which we launched an international diplomatic dynamism aimed at stopping the bloodshed in Syria, adopting peaceful political means for the resolution of the crisis and urgently addressing the consequences of the humanitarian tragedy that has befallen the brotherly Syrian people. At the same time, while doing all that, we have had to maintain the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.
Since the convening of that meeting, international efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria continued: on 10 March, Mr. Kofi Annan, the Special Joint Envoy of the United Nations and League of Arab States, submitted a preliminary six-point proposal to the Syrian authorities in Damascus, focusing on the immediate ending to all acts of violence and all violations of human rights, ensuring access to humanitarian assistance and facilitating a Syria-led political transition towards a democratic, pluralistic political system, under which all citizens are equal, regardless of their political, ethnic or religious affiliations.
And on March 21, the Security Council, issued a presidential statement, endorsing the proposal of the Joint Special Envoy, and called upon the Syrian Government and the opposition to act in good faith with the envoy for the peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis and the full and immediate implementation of his plan.
And on March 27, the Syrian regime accepted the six- point plan. However, the regime still pursued its acts of military repression, arrests, house raids and bloodshed. The death toll exceeded nine thousand people and the number of immigrants also increased.
Hence, a clear-cut time must be specified for the hard work undertaken by Mr. Kofi Annan. It is unacceptable to continue the killings and repression at the time when the regime is holding talks with the joint envoy.
The tactics used by the Syrian regime to buy time must not deceive any one. The prolongation of the Syrian crisis is not in the interest of Syria, nor countries of the region, or the international community.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The effectiveness of humanitarian relief efforts to the Syrian people, despite the support of the international community, are still encumbered because of the regime's policies. So, we need to intensify efforts and examine all possibilities in order to provide humanitarian relief to the Syrian people.
The momentous current stage and the tragic worsening situation undergone by the brotherly Syrian people , make it incumbent upon us to intensify efforts to assist those people in their endeavor to achieve their legitimate goals and to translate our words into actual deeds on the ground.
Vis-?-vis such a situation, I would like to stress the following:
1. Supporting the six-point preliminary proposal of the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, while emphasizing on the initiative of the Arab League based on Resolutions of the League's Council on 22/1 and 12/2/2012, which fully accommodate the preliminary six-point proposal and its ensuing proposals.
2. The need to send joint Arab-international peacekeeping forces to Syria.
3. Establishment of safe zones on Syrian territory.
4. Provision of all forms of support, including urgent and necessary humanitarian assistance for the Syrian people.
5. Increasing political and economic pressure on the Syrian regime to force to obey the will of the Syrian people and their aspirations to reform, democracy and respect of human rights.
I have followed with genuine interest the agreement of the Syrian political forces on" the Draft National Covenant of the Future Syria" which contains the basic principles upon which the new Syria will be built. We call upon the National Syrian Council to pursue its efforts aimed at unifying all the spectrum of the Syrian opposition, hoping that efforts of all Syrian political parties will succeed in implementing what has been agreed upon.