TEHRAN (FNA)- A Syrian opposition figure hailed Tehran’s efforts to settle the Syrian crisis peacefully, and stressed the necessity for Iran’s participation in the Geneva II conference on the crisis in Syria.
“We support Iran’s presence in the Geneva II conference since we believe that exclusion of Iran is a desire of those who want to bring the political resolution of the Syrian crisis to a deadlock to push it towards a specific path and direction,” Leader of the Coalition of Forces for Peaceful Change in Syria Tariq al-Ahmad told FNA on Monday.
He underscored the necessity for the return of tranquility and peace to his country, and said the bloodshed in Syria should stop.
“The political solution is the peaceful way to resolve the crisis and all groups should sit to the negotiating table and settle their accounts politically but this should be a Syrian-Syrian talk and include all groups,” Ahmad said.
In relevant remarks last week, the UN reaffirmed its support for Iran’s presence in the Geneva II Conference in a bid to help put an end to the Syrian crisis.
United Nations Spokesman Martin Nesirky said that Secretary General Ban-ki Moon and UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy in Syria Lakhdar Brahimi have stressed the necessity and importance of Iran’s presence in Geneva II meeting.
He underlined that Ban Ki-moon and Brahimi have repeatedly underscored importance of Iran’s presence in the upcoming meeting of Geneva II, because the UN considers Iran’s participation in the Geneva meeting useful and constructive in solving the Syrian
Also, earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said Iran would not accept any prerequisite for participating in the upcoming Geneva II talks on Syria.
Afkham’s remarks came in reaction to US State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf’s earlier statements that Washington might be better disposed to Iran’s taking part in a Geneva II conference if Tehran were to embrace the original Geneva communiqué.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to help resolve the Syrian crisis and if our presence is useful for the attainment of a resolution, setting (pre)conditions for inviting Iran is unacceptable and we do not accept any condition,” the Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman said.
Afkham further cautioned that excluding Iran from the political process would mean depriving the negotiations of Tehran’s constructive role.
The United States said earlier this month that it would be more open to Iran’s taking part in a long-delayed peace conference on Syria if Iran publicly backed a 2012 statement calling for a transitional government in Syria.
“We’ve been clear, multiple times, about … our expectation that any party that (is) included in Geneva II must accept and publicly support the Geneva communiqué,” the US state department spokeswoman said.
“If, and this is an if, Iran were to endorse and embrace the Geneva communiqué publicly, we would view the possibility of their participation more openly,” Harf said, adding, “The United States would then view its taking part more favorably.”
Despite Washington’s stance, Russia, China, Syria, Ban Ki-moon, Brahimi and an array of other regional and international actors influential on the Syrian crisis settlement issue have all demanded Iran’s partaking in the Geneva II conference. In the latest instance of such demands, UN Undersecretary General Jeffrey D. Feltman earlier this month underscored Iran’s vital role in the settlement of disputes in the region, and called for Tehran’s participation in the International Geneva II Peace Conference on crisis-hit Syria.
“It is hard for me to imagine having a solution in Syria that works if Iran isn’t somehow engaged and involved in this,” Jeffrey Feltman said.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.
Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.
The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.
Tel Aviv, Washington, Ankara and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots to topple President Bashar al-Assad, who is well known in the world for his anti-Israeli stances.
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