Tunisia Live (Tunis)

5 February 2012

Tunisia: Baath Party Condemns President's Decision to Expel Syrian Ambassador

Tunisia's Harakat al-Baath (Baath Movement), the pan-Arab socialist party, released a statement yesterday, February 4th, in which they expressed their discontent concerning Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki's decision to expel the Syrian ambassador of Tunisia and to withdraw recognition of the ruling regime in Damascus.

The executive committee of Baath Movement stated that this decision, released yesterday by the Tunisian Office of the President, is an insult to Tunisians and to the revolution.

"The public opinion and national forces in Tunisia, and the Arab world, were surprised by the statement issued by the President of the Republic - announcing the initiation of proceedings to expel the Syrian ambassador of Tunisia."

The Baath Movement declared in their announcement that they are only interested in supporting the Syrian people in their peaceful uprising against tyranny and corruption: "We express our absolute rejection of the militarization of the uprising and the fueling of the conflict between the Syrian people by puppet regimes - for the benefit of groups eager to pounce on power and serve the American Zionist project in the Arab world."

The statement also condemned the killing of unarmed protesters, and advocated for the freedom and dignity of the Syrian people. The Baath Movement called for an immediate ceasefire and the initiation of a comprehensive national dialogue aimed at maintaining the unity of the Syrian people.

The group also declared the need for radical reform of the political system to guarantee that the freedom and rights of Syria's citizens are protected and for the establishment of a democratic, pluralistic system - resistant to the agents of "imperialism" and "Zionism."

According to the Baath statement, the decision of Tunisia's interim government can only be understood as an effort to mobilize the opinion of the Arab public, and international community, toward foreign military intervention in Syria.

The Baath Movement called upon the President of the Republic to retract his decision, which they called "unpopular" and "unpatriotic".

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