On the Security Council Presidential Statement on Syria
The UN Security Council on August 3 adopted an official Presidential Statement on Syria expressing its concern at the deteriorating situation in Syria and regret at the death of people during the demonstrations. It also called for an immediate end to all violence and urged all sides to act with utmost restraint, and to refrain from reprisals, including attacks against state institutions. The Council stressed the need for an inclusive and Syrian-led political process and the most expeditious implementation of reforms. A point of principle is the reaffirmation by the UN Security Council of its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria.
Moscow is convinced that the situation in the country must be resolved by the Syrians themselves without outside interference through an inclusive dialogue, which is the only way to solve the crisis. It is important that this position found reflection in the statement.
Russia will continue to persist in advocating for accelerating a long-overdue political, economic and social transformation in Syria along the path of deep-going reforms announced by the government of the country on the basis of the inadmissibility of violence, the search for a national consensus and an inclusive political process.
August 4, 2011