Topic: Protests in Syria
BALI, January 8 (RIA Novosti) – Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, the Jakarta Globe reported Tuesday.
Yudhoyono, the leader of the most populous Muslim country in the world, called during a working visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday for the Syrian strongman to leave his post in order to restore peace and pave the way for a more popular leader, the paper said.
“It is hoped that there will be a new leader who loves the people of Syria more and who can create peace that is acceptable to all and improve the situation,” Yudhoyono said through his spokesman, the paper reported.
Teuku Faizasyah, the president’s top advisor on foreign affairs, also reportedly proposed a three-point plan to end the Syrian conflict, which includes a cease fire, humanitarian aid, and a political transition.
Syria has been engulfed in a bloody civil war between various anti-Assad opposition forces and government troops since March 2011. The UN estimates that more than 60,000 people have been killed so far.
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- Wolfgang9No surprise,21:26, 08/01/2013I did not expect that anything worthwile would come from an Indonesian Politician. I have friends there and I know what I'm talking about. I'm sure that guy is just the dummy of the CIA, what else would qualify him there??
- bielecDemocracy and International Law02:44, 09/01/2013The only people who may call on Assad to step down are Syrian people. Not the foreign mercenaries, not Al-Qaeda terrorists, not criminal death squads, not the three vampires of the 21 century, and certainly not the president of Indonesia. He should mind his own business.
- rochefortfrancoisbla bla bla...03:10, 09/01/2013Stepping down will only worsen the situation in Syria. Also, the Indonesian president should pressure those behind the plot to destroy Syria.
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