Impose ceasefire in Syria, PM urges UN


Doha - 2014/06/10
Qatar Tribune News

The UN Security Council should impose a ceasefire in Syria and intervene to end the deadly conflict that threatens regional stability, said Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani.

Speaking at the 11th annual US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, which was graced by the Emir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, Sheikh Abdullah said the US should do more to resolve the issue.

"The Syrian crisis constitutes a real danger to the unity of Syria, and hence to the stability and security of the region, which makes it imperative that the international community work together to end the bloodshed as well as the displacement of the Syrian people", the Prime Minister said.

On the Palestinian issue, the Prime Minister said while talks between Israel and Palestine had been suspended for the moment, the pause should motivate international actors, especially the US, to press for relaunching the peace process.

"One of the pillars of strategic relations with the US is the achievement of Arab-Israeli peace, in spite of Israeli government's continued expansion of settlements and repeated attempts to attack the Al Aqsa mosque, all of which has led to the suspension and the failure of peace talks," he said.

"The suspension of negotiations shouldn't frustrate us. On the contrary, the issue requires the international community, especially the United States, to redouble efforts until peace is achieved in accordance with the two-state solution adopted by the international community," the PM added, underlining the importance of US efforts in securing peace between the two sides.