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Arab Parliament warns of escalation of events in Syria

WAM CAIRO, May 23rd, 2013 — The Arab Parliament has warned of a dangerous escalation of events in Syria amid the intervention of third parties directly and indirectly in the pro-Syrian regime.

Ahmad bin Mohammed Al-Jarwan, Speaker of the Arab Parliament, condemned the continuation of violence, murder and heinous crimes committed against Syrian civilians, the use of heavy weapons on the ground and in the air in the bombing of villages and towns citing recent events in Al-Qusair which involved the intervention of third parties, which in turn leads to the ignition of strife between the children of one homeland.

In his speech, he called for restraint and the stopping of this dangerous escalation in order to preserve the lives of civilians and ward off the sectarian strife that some are trying to drag Syria into, calling on regional and international parties concerned to intervene and stop the bloodshed.

Al-Jarwan stressed the need to provide the appropriate atmosphere for the success of efforts to establish a political solution to the Syrian crisis and provide guarantees that support the aspirations and legitimate demands of the Syrian people in their quest for freedom and democracy.

He warned of a deterioration in the tragic situation experienced by Syrian people, which UN officials have described as a humanitarian disaster where millions are driven from their villages and towns and displaced inside Syria, as well as the mass migration of hundreds of thousands of refugees to neighboring countries.

Al-Jarwan called for the need to work at full effort to provide all forms of support for the Syrian people and he appealed for concerted Arab and international efforts, led by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and humanitarian relief organisations, to carry out their responsibilities to humanity, to ensure the provision of various forms of assistance to those affected, and alleviate their suffering.

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