Syria: Terzi, Italy support for organised opposition

Responsibility to protect defenceless people

25 November, 12:29

Italy's Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi Italy's Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi

(ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, NOVEMBER 25 - Italy has reiterated its support for "democratic forces" in Syria and to "organised opposition" in the shape of the Syrian National Council (SNC). The comments were made today by the Italian Foreign Minister, Giulio Terzi, who is attending the Italy-Turkey Forum alongside his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu, in Istanbul. Terzi said that Rome intends to maintain "close relations" with members of Syria's organised opposition, who recently held talks with the minister's predecessor, Franco Frattini.

Terzi also said that the international community had now ratified the principle of "responsibility to protect all defenceless populations" with all possible peaceful and diplomatic means. The Foreign Minister also conveyed Italy's "sense of disappointment" at the fact that the UN Security Council has been unable to decide on Syria because of the "resistance" by certain member states. (ANSAmed).

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