Expert: Foreign intervention in Syria complicates situation in country

Politics Materials 22 June 2011 20:55 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 22 /Trend, A.Tagiyeva/

The events in Syria do not require foreign interference, since the outside interference complicates the situation in the country and prevent the conduct of internal dialogue, said a Swedish expert on the Middle East, Nasser al-Gazali.

"There are many different sides in the solution of the Syrian problem, but the interference of other countries only deepen the crisis," al-Gazali told Trend by telephone from Stockholm.

According to expert, such countries as Turkey, Iran and the Persian Gulf states, each in their attempts intervene in the solution of the Syrian crisis, however, any intervention is aimed at preserving the power of President Assad.

As for the Persian Gulf states, the "strong Syria" hurts their interests, because weakens the role and importance of these countries in the region, said al-Gazali.

In Syria, from mid-March in the south Dera'a unrest began, which then spread to other areas. Syrian human rights activists report that in clashes with security forces killed about 1.3 thousand people. In turn, according to official data, with the events of the actions of "armed terrorist elements," in which the Syrian authorities have blamed for the violence in the country, killing 340 soldiers and security forces.

The riots in Syria began in the southern city of Dera'a in mid-March. Then they spread to other regions. Syrian human rights activists report that more than 1,100 people were killed in clashes with security forces. According to official data, more than 340 military and security forces were killed when the events of the actions of "armed terrorist elements" began.

According to al-Gazali, the speech by President Bashar al-Assad disappointed and will bring to nothing.

"The reform package, which Assad offers, does not include all requirements of the people," he said.

According to al-Gazali, the Syrian people require conducting wide-ranging reforms, and one of the key demands is to release all political prisoners and remove the eighth paragraph of the country's constitution, which says that the leading role is assigned to the ruling party - the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party.

The expert also believes that the opposition of the country continues protest actions, and the outcome of these events will be the same as in Tunisia and Egypt.

During his speech in Damascus on Monday, Assad said that the development of new laws on political parties, the media and other steps taken within the reforms in the country, will create in Syria "a new reality and will lead to fundamental changes", including in the constitution. Syrian President also said that by the end of the year, the constitution may be amended or even a new constitution can be adopted that opens the way for elections and the loss of power of the ruling Baath Party.