Joint Special Envoy Spokesman: Statements

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Joint Special Representative for Syria - Tehran

15 October 2012 – The Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has appealed to the Iranian authorities to assist in achieving a cease-fire in Syria during the forthcoming Eid Al-Adha, one of the holiest holidays celebrated by the Muslims around the world.

Mr Brahimi has just concluded a visit to Tehran, where he held talks with President Ahmedinajad, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili.

The Joint Special Representative underlined that the crisis in Syria was getting worse every day and stressed the urgent need to stop the bloodshed. He reiterated the call by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a cease-fire and a halt to the flow of arms to both sides. A cease-fire, he said, would help create an environment that would allow a political process to develop.

The Joint Special Representative for Syria told his interlocutors that what was needed in Syria today was real change; our primary goal, he said, is the welfare and well-being of the Syrian people and to help them build a future that meets their own legitimate aspirations.