Vienna, 3 August 2012 Press release

Spindelegger on Annan’s resignation: “Kofi Annan’s demission is an alarm call urging everyone to finally assume responsibility”

Austria’s Foreign Minister on Kofi Annan’s resignation as special envoy for Syria

Vienna, 3 August 2012 – “The six-point plan drafted by Kofi Annan was a great achievement and pointed the way for a political solution in Syria for all parties – the parties to the conflict in Syria, as well as the members of the UN Security Council. His work has opened the doors for an observer mission of the UN and it was at his initiative that an action group of states was formed in Geneva that has special influence on the parties in the dispute”, Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said in appreciation of the dedicated six months of mediation of former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kofi Annan.

“The resignation does not change the urgent appeal to the parties in Syria, and in particular to the Assad regime, not to base Syria’s future on military violence but to finally pay heed to its people’s call for freedom and democracy“, the Vice Chancellor said in reference to the most important demand of the departing special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League. “If the gateway for diplomatic solutions is to remain open also in future, the members of the Security Council in New York must finally show their unity and demonstrate that the community of states will no longer stand by and watch the increasing violence and the suffering it causes among civilians. Kofi Annan’s resignation is an alarm call for everyone to finally assume responsibility”, Vice Chancellor Spindelegger added.

“Austria will continue to fight for a sustainable political solution for Syria both at bilateral level and in the framework of the European Union. Only a political solution will make possible a peaceful and democratic future for all in Syria. All those who are to blame for the continued violence and human rights violations will be called to account sooner or later”, Spindelegger concluded.  

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