Turkey says Friends of Syria meeting in Istanbul will be a milestone towards a democratic Syria.
March 30 2012 (TUR) -- A meeting of the Friends of Syria in
Istanbul on Sunday will be one of the important milestones towards a
democratic Syria, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a press release
on Friday. Member states of the United Nations Security Council and the
countries that voted in favour for the United Nations General Assembly
Resolution on Syria as well as international and regional organizations
are invited to the Istanbul conference. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet
Davuto?lu will make opening remarks at the conference and Turkish
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan will deliver a keynote address.
"During the conference, participants will exchange views on opening
up the way for a comprehensive political transition process in
accordance with the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Syrian
people and will address the efforts of Mr. Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab
League Joint Special Envoy for Syria," the ministry said.
"Moreover, putting an end to the violence in Syria, withdrawal of
all Syrian military and armed forces from cities and towns, overcoming
the humanitarian crisis, providing humanitarian access to people in need
and sanctions against Syria will be discussed and possible additional
measures will be considered," it said. "Turkey will decisively
continue to spare no endeavors to stop immediately the bloodshed and
tears in Syria and to participate actively in such international
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