March 27, 2013 10:57:56 pm
Taking note of the killings of Indian and South African nationals in the on going conflict in the Central African Republic,the five BRICS countries today stated that they were prepared to assist and facilitate a peaceful resolution of the conflict with the support of international community.
We strongly condemn the abuses and acts of violence against the civilian population and urge all parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and return to negotiations. We call upon all parties to allow safe and unhindered humanitarian access, stated the BRICS final document,which has been called the eThekwini declaration.
Incidentally,the number of Indians killed in down to one because Karna Bahadur,who was traveling in the same group that was mistakenly attacked by French troops,turned out to be a Nepali whose wife had been residing in Lucknow. Efforts were being made to send a team to Chad to evacuate the injured.
The BRICS countries also reaffirmed their opposition to any further militarization of the conflict in Syria amid growing efforts in the West to step up support to the Syrian rebels fighting the Assad regime in Damascus.
At the same time,they took note of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria and have called upon all parties to facilitate immediate,safe,full and unimpeded access to humanitarian organisations.
The declaration makes it clear that the five emerging powers are strongly in favour of a Syria-led political process to resolve the issue. They have backed the June 2012 Communique of the Geneva Action Group,which had a similar position and was endorsed by the US and other western powers.
A Syrian-led political process leading to a transition can be achieved only through broad national dialogue that meets the legitimate aspirations of all sections of Syrian society and respect for Syrian independence,territorial integrity and sovereignty as expressed by the Geneva Joint Communiqué and appropriate UNSC resolutions. We support the efforts of the UN-League of Arab States Joint Special Representative.
On the Iran nuclear issue,the BRICS maintained its earlier stand,emphasising that there is no alternative to a negotiated solution. They took note of the recent talks in Almaty while expressing hope for diplomacy and discussions to work
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