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Estonia hopes that sending a UN monitoring mission to Syria will help to put an end to the violence

24.04.2012

No 108-E

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet’s statement at the meeting of the foreign ministers of the European Union in Luxembourg today, Estonia considers it essential to send a UN monitoring team to Syria. “We hope that the presence of the UN monitoring mission in Syria will help to end the violence,” Paet noted.

According to the Foreign Minister of Estonia, it is vital to find a peaceful, political solution in Syria, involving all sections of society. “We support Kofi Annan’s work as the special envoy of the UN and the Arab League and his proposals for finding a solution to the Syrian crisis,” Paet noted. “The government must prove that it can meet its commitments to preserve the ceasefire and guarantee access and protection for the UN observers,” he added.

At the meeting, Paet expressed continued concern about the deteriorating living conditions of Syrian civilians in areas affected by the unrest. “The Syrian authorities must grant full and unhindered humanitarian access to people in need,” Paet emphasised. He added that Estonia has decided to support the victims of the Syrian crisis by donating 50,000 euros to the UN Syria emergency fund.

Concerning Iran, Paet noted that Estonia supports finding a diplomatic solution to the issues related to Iran’s nuclear programme. “We welcome the renewed readiness to continue negotiations on the nuclear programme and specific proposals for moving towards a solution,” he said.

According to Paet, Iran must be open to inspections of facilities connected to the nuclear programme and make efforts to restore confidence in the peaceful nature of the programme within the framework of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

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