Iran, warned Saturday that a power vacuum in Damascus could spark an unprecedented regional crisis while urging President Bashar Assad to listen to some of his people's "legitimate demands."
Saturday's comments by Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi were a subtle shift in tone toward comprise by Tehran, which encouraged the Assad regime to answer to its people while reiterating its support for its key ally. Most previous comments focused on a "foreign conspiracy" driving the unrest.
"Either in Yemen, Syria or any other country, people have some legitimate demands and governments should answer them as soon as possible," Salehi said Saturday, according to the semiofficial ISNA news agency.
"If a vacuum is created in the Syrian ruling system, it will have unprecedented repercussions," he said.
"Syria is an important link in the chain of [Islamic] resistance in the Middle East, and some [countries] want to separate this link from the chain," Salehi said.
"Syria has highly-sensitive neighbors and therefore [any] change in Syria will not have good outcomes for anyone and can create serious regional crisis which could spread beyond the region," ISNA quoted Salehi as saying on Saturday.
Syria borders five other nations and controls water supplies to Iraq, Jordan and parts of Israel.
In an emergency meeting on Syria that ended early Sunday in Cairo, the Arab League decided to send its leader, Nabil Elaraby, to Damascus to seek a solution. In a statement, the league expressed "grave concern" over the bloodshed in Syria.
More than five months into the uprising against Assad, the conflict has descended into a bloody stalemate.
AgenciesLast Mod: 28 Ağustos 2011, 15:00