Turkey's support to Syrian people to be appreciated- Siniora

Former prime minister of Lebanon said al-Assad had missed many democratic reform initiatives after he came to power, and had he had a tendency to make genuine reforms when the crackdown began and taken freedom demands of his people as serious

Turkey's support to Syrian people to be appreciated- Siniora

World Bulletin/News Desk

Former prime minister of Lebanon said on Sunday that Turkey's support to Syrian people would be appreciated.      

Fouad Siniora said that recent incidents in Lebanon were wanted to be turned in Syrian people's favor.      

"Turkey's support to freedom initiatives of the Syrian people will be appreciated," Siniora told AA correspondent in an exclusive interview in Istanbul.      

Siniora said it was not right to explain what was going in Tripoli and Syria this way, some circles were trying to turn the eyes of the world to Lebanon from Syria and cause a security problem in Lebanon.      

"Thus, they want to give a message to the world to choose between stability or terrorism. However, what people wanted in Syria was to live a free and esteemed life, set up a constitutional order, respect to human rights, and change the government in a peaceful way," Siniora said.      

Siniora said Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad had missed many democratic reform initiatives after he came to power, and had he had a tendency to make genuine reforms when the crackdown began and taken freedom demands of his people as serious, incidents would not have came to that stage.      

"Syrian administration has decided to oppress people's demands by violence, and blocked a solution by ignoring human life and right to freedom of its people," Siniora said.      

Siniora said Lebanon was a democratic country and people could express their views about issues.      

Lebanon was sensitive about democracy and national unity, but there was a problem in Lebanon stemming from use of arms by Hezbollah, Siniora said.      

Siniora said Hezbollah used its weapons against Israel at first and gained great success in freeing Lebanese territories under Israeli occupation until 2000.      

However, those weapons were used by certain groups in internal politics, and then problems emerged, Siniora said.      

Moreover, Siniora said that Turkey and Arab countries had common economic and political interests, and therefore democratization efforts in Arab world should be supported.      

Siniora also said that it was no more possible for political systems based on a single person, a family or party to survive from now on.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Mayıs 2012, 15:46

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