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Salehi asks UN to back efforts by Iran, Egypt, Turkey to help resolve Syrian crisis
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep2(130).jpgTEHRAN – In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon dated March 4, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi asked the United Nations to support joint efforts by Iran, Egypt, and Turkey to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis.   
 
Following is the text of Salehi’s letter, which was released on Thursday: 
 
Concerning the explosions which took place in Damascus, Syria, on 21 February 2013, resulting in the deaths and injuries of many innocent people, I deem it necessary to bring to your Excellency’s attention to the followings: 
 
1. The delay in finding a peaceful resolution to the current crisis in Syria is not in the interests of Syrian people, its neighbors, region, and the world. Such a delay may spread the crisis to the region and result in sectarian clashes with the risks of destructive and irreparable effects that may go beyond not only the region and the Islamic world, but also (may) affect the whole international system. For this reason, we believe that from the humanitarian view and based on the legal responsibilities of states and international bodies, in particular the United Nations, all parties and partners should be supportive of a common and unison resolution to the Syrian crisis. 
 
2. We highly appreciate your initiatives at the regional and international levels to follow the national dialogue between the Syrian Government and the opposition. Unfortunately, the extremist and lawless groups supported by some countries, continue their terrorist and violent acts with high risks of the intensification of the crisis leading to instability in Syria and the region. It is, therefore, necessary to have comprehensive consultations to prevent the past tragedies which have irreversible and irreparable consequences for Syria and the region. 
 
3. Currently the Islamic Republic of Iran, Egypt, and Turkey within the trilateral framework, are continuing their consultations in finding a peaceful solution to this crisis through participation of all parties in Syria. The meaningful support of the United Nations and that of Your Excellency of this process would undoubtedly expedite a peaceful solution of the Syrian crisis. 
 
4. While thanking you for condemning this terrorist and inhumane operation, it is expected from the United Nations Security Council to do the same. 
 
5. The United States opposition in preventing the UN Security Council to condemn these crimes is indicative of the selective and double standard policy of this country in the fight against terrorism. Without any doubt this approach would encourage the terrorists to commit similar crimes. 
 
6. The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the continuation of violence and blind explosions only delays the political solution to the conflict and it is a sign of desperation and frustration of the quarters whose interests seems to be better served in the instability of Syria. 
 
I wish you all success in your endeavors for this purpose and express my country’s readiness to render its all support to a peaceful solution of the Syrian crisis. 
 
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration. 
 
EP/PA

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