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Let Syrians decide their future – diplomat

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Photo: RIA Novosti

It’s up to Syrians to decide their country’s future. The statement came from Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov during an emergency debate on Syria, which took place in Geneva on Tuesday.

It’s important to give Syrians a chance to overcome the crisis on their own, he said.

Foreign governments should use their influence on the irreconcilable Syrian opposition that completely rejects political talks, counting on political and military aid from abroad, the Russian diplomat said.

He called for an immediate end to violence, whoever it came from, and warned that attempts to introduce democracy through force would invariably have the opposite effect.