24 May 2015, MOSCOW (TSR-SANA) – BRICS countries stressed their firm support for Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and renewed their call for a peaceful solution to its crisis by the Syrian people.

This expression of support came during a meeting in Moscow on Friday of the deputy foreign ministers of the BRICS member countries, which include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Saturday that BRICS deputy foreign ministers expressed “deep concern” about the continuation of the crisis in Syria and the deteriorating humanitarian situation and the growing terror threat there.

The BRICS officials, the statement added, affirmed that they firmly support maintaining Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

They also highlighted the need of reaching a peaceful solution to the crisis by the Syrians themselves and called on all the parties in the crisis to abide by the Security Council’s relevant resolutions, according to the statement.

In this context, the deputy ministers called for resuming the political diplomatic settlement efforts for Syria through launching a broad dialogue based on the Geneva Communiqué of June 3, 2012 without preconditions, giving a positive assessment of the January and April rounds of inter-Syrian consultative talks in Moscow and the efforts of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.

While condemning all forms of terrorism against the Syrians, the BRICS officials called for strict implementation by the international community of the Security Council resolutions 2170, 2178 and 2199 on combating terrorism.

The Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement also said the BRICS countries renewed their condemnation of the use of chemical weapons by any party at whatever circumstances, calling on the international community to maintain unity when investigating accusations about using chlorine as a chemical weapon in Syria.


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