Syrian crisis in focus of panel session of Global Baku Forum

Panel meeting entitled 'Global Responsibility for Syria: towards action plan' was held in the framework of IV Global Baku Forum on March 10.

Panel meeting moderator, Swedish ambassador to Syria Peter Semneby stated issues in Syria shows that no political force is able to put an end to the hard conflict:

Addressing the panel meeting, former Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini emphasized crisis in Syria could lead to degradation of humanity: 'This is a human tragedy. If you are talking about a person, number does not matter'.

The UN should have the right to take measures to prevent wars, he said, adding that the UN should also have the function of controlling peacekeeping forces.

Further, he noted that it is necessary to find ways of resolving the Syrian crisis. It can also affect the situation in the region, he said, adding that Syria’s unity is of great importance.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien stated the main problem is problem of Syrian refugees.

In the panel meeting, former Croatian President Stjepan Mesic noted that two major problems exist and these problems concern the entire world.

Former Lebanese President Amine Gemayel stressed external intervention in Syria's internal affairs should be prevented.

Stating Russia's becoming a major force in Syria, Former Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Hikmet Cetin said Syrian crisis is a test for the whole world.

He noted despite powerful army of Bashar al-Assad, support by Russia and Iran is undeniable fact, Azertac state news agency reported.

The Fourth Global Baku Forum is of great importance for the whole world, Hikmet Cetin told reporters on the sidelines of the forum.

By hosting this event, Azerbaijan shows that it is interested in discussing not only its own problems, but also global issues and the country is open for a dialogue, he added.

“Azerbaijan organizes very important forums and each time brings together the world leaders,” said the former minister.


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