Government committed to finding political solution to end Syrian crisis

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Walid Al-Moualem, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

Syria is committed to finding a political solution to stop nearly six years of bloodshed in the country, Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moualem told the UN General Assembly on Saturday.

More than 300,000 civilians have been killed since the crisis broke out in March 2011.

The United Nations has been working to bring the conflict to an end through rounds of peace talks held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Foreign Minister said the Syrian Government has stated that any solution to the crisis must follow two parallel tracks.

One track would focus on counter-terrorism; the other on an intra-Syrian dialogue that he said would allow Syrians to determine their country's future "without foreign interference."

He added that a political solution would also have to be based on respect for Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

Mr Al-Moualem spoke through an interpreter.

"Despite all the hurdles created by regional and western states that decide on behalf of the self-proclaimed 'Syrian opposition;'  despite all of these hurdles, we have always been open to a political track that would stem the bloodshed and end the prolonged suffering of Syrians.  We reiterate our commitment to move forward with the Geneva track, under the auspices of the United Nations."

The Foreign Minister said some countries were crying "crocodile tears" over the situation of Syrians and accusing the Government of employing siege measures in some parts of the country.

At the same time, he said these nations were continuing to support and arm terrorists inside these areas who besiege civilians and prevent aid from coming in.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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