Syria unrest: Pakistan backs Arab plan in UNGA, urges warring sides to shun violence

Published: February 17, 2012

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Abdullah Hussain Haroon has urged the warring sides in Syria to shun violence and resolve the crisis through negotiation. PHOTO: PID/FILE

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Abdullah Hussain Haroon has urged the warring sides in Syria to shun violence and resolve the crisis through negotiation.

“We condemn the use of force against peaceful protesters and human rights violations committed by all sides,” Haroon told the UN General Assembly on Friday, according to a press release issued from New York. “We call on both sides to pursue the path of dialogue and reconciliation and engage in a result-oriented and inclusive political process, leading to a peaceful resolution of the problem.”

The UN General Assembly on Friday adopted an Arab League-sponsored resolution, calling on Syrian President Bashar alAssad to step down, with a vote of 137 in favour and 12 against. Pakistan voted for the resolution, similar to one which was earlier vetoed by China and Russia in the UN Security Council amid intense Western criticism.

“We have been stressing on the importance of a consensus approach on the issue, including in the Security Council, for only a unified message can help promote our common objectives,” Haroon said, underscoring the need for more efforts to bridge gaps through accommodation of proposed amendments by Russia, supported by China, to achieve greater consensus in the assembly.

Pakistan also reiterates its earlier calls to respect the will of the Syrian people and for a Syrian-led solution to the ongoing unrest, Haroon said. “The Syrian people must be respected and allowed to resolve their crisis.”

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Feb 17, 2012 - 7:33PM

    In the first instance,should see basic desire of Syrian people through which they want to expose the violation being committed by Syrian authority.

    It is a internationally recognized principle,citizens have right to protest on the violation of their fundamental rights.
    Restoration of basic right of human being must be respected as narrated in the United Nation’s charter and other laws enacted by the security and the general assembly.

    no doubt, there is great difference in rich and poor countries but duty of the United nation to see and resolve such issue with assistance of members states forthwith.

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 7:43PM

    He proved himself a good speaker,and put light on the relevant point with acceptable efficiency and with good credibility.

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  • adeel759
    Feb 17, 2012 - 7:51PM

    One of The most Elegant looking man in UN.

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  • muhammad irfan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:27AM

    a great diplomat and sincere pakistani.

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  • Pakistani-Arab
    Feb 18, 2012 - 8:44AM

    i think Arabs should rethink atleast now to include nuclear power Pakistan among Arab community

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  • Sunny
    Feb 18, 2012 - 8:53AM

    @adeel759: Not more than Munir Akram.

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  • Cautious
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:04PM

    @Pakistani-Arab. Arabs have a long history if treating Pakistani’s as servants and people they can otherwise abuse — akin to how they Philippino’s – you may think/wish your one of them but wishing doesn’t change your DNA.

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