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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
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The Socialist International (SI) Special Committee on the Arab World called today on the United Nations Security Council, especially Russia and China, to act in line with the international community to protect the Syrian people in Istanbul.
Speaking at the two-day meeting’s final sitting, SI President and former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said the organization stood firmly on the side of the Syrian people in their fight for democracy and human rights but opposed any intervention by Turkey against Syria.
“The [Bashar] al-Assad regime refuses to accept that change is inevitable. Consequently, we have fully backed the efforts of the United Nations and the Arab League for an end to the killing, for the protection of the lives of Syrian citizens and a humanitarian response which we see as a fundamental imperative,” Papandreou said in the meeting’s closing statement.
Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu also said that “if war is not inevitable, it is murder” in reference to saying of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. He also added that his party opposed the creation of a buffer zone between Turkey and Syria.Keeping alive ‘the spirit of Tahrir Square’
Papandreou also said they wished the CHP success in its efforts to ensure that Turkey guarantees freedom of expression for all its citizens and respects the independence of the judiciary – a fundamental condition of a democratic political system. SI also said it wished the party well in its goal of advancing its social democratic vision for Turkey.
“Turkey needs to revise its penal code and anti-terror laws which are the reason for the imprisoning of journalists,” Papandreou said when asked about scribes behind bars.
The Socialist International Special Committee on the Arab World gathered in Istanbul for its second meeting on March 23-24 to discuss ways to empower progressive actors in the region to secure successful transitions in their countries. The meeting, which was hosted by the CHP, brought together leaders and representatives of the SI’s member parties and members of democratic and progressive movements from the region.
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