16 August 2012

Morocco: HM the King Ask for 'An Immediate End to the Violence' in Syria, Underlines the Need to 'Ensure Political Power Transition

Makkah — HM King Mohammed VI asked, in a speech to the fourth extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Makkah, for "an immediate end to the violence in Syria, underlining the importance to settle the crisis by facilitating "political power transition in Syria that enables the Syrian people to open up a new chapter in their history."

In this speech, which was read on Wednesday by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, HM the King also called upon the international community to shoulder its responsibility in full and to take "effective, concrete measures to protect civilians from slaughter, displacement and the gross, systematic violation of basic human rights."

In this regard, the Sovereign said he is following "with deep concern the serious developments in Syria as the Syrian regime continues to target innocent civilians" and refuses to respond to the legitimate demands of the people.

"In keeping with the duty of solidarity, given also that we are part of the international community," the Kingdom of Morocco, HM the King said, asks for "an immediate end to the violence that is claiming many Syrian lives each day" and the situation portends dire consequences for this country.

Recalling that from an early stage, Morocco has been actively involved in Arab, Islamic and international efforts to achieve a peaceful, political solution to the crisis in Syria, the Sovereign reiterated the Kingdom's commitment "to coordinate and consult with Arab and Islamic countries as well as with influential international players to find a solution to this crisis that would bring about a new political era in which all of the nation's forces and all components of the Syrian people would be involved. The aim is to safeguard Syria's unity, stability and territorial integrity."

Regarding the humanitarian side, HM the King recalled that Morocco has sent nearly 155 tons of food supplies and set up, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a multi-disciplinary field hospital which provides medical and surgical specialties, in order to assist the Syrian refugees who cross into Jordan. This aid is yet another example of Morocco's support for and "full solidarity" with the Syrian people in order to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people at this critical juncture, underlined HM the King.

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