Statement by Foreign Minister Tuomioja on the Syrian situation

Statement by Foreign Minister Tuomioja on the Syrian situation

Press release 191/2011
2 August 2011

We are deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation and escalating violence in Syria. The violent attacks by the Syrian administration on civilians seeking freedom and democracy by peaceful means have continued for several weeks, and there seems to be no end in sight to these horrific acts despite the start of Ramadan yesterday.

Finland strongly condemns the killing and violence against the civilian population and the widespread summary arrests in Syria. The Syrian authorities must respect human rights and the people’s justified demands for the prompt implementation of reforms aimed at democracy and rule of law.

The common message from the international community to Syria is very important. Finland fully supports the implementation of the EU’s common positions, including decisions on sanctions. Where necessary we are also prepared to step up sanctions.

We expect the UN Security Council to fulfil its duty under the UN Charter and to intervene for its part in the Syrian situation.

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