Syria action should not be at the cost of civilians lives, UAE paper

Abu Dhabi: As talks on what will take place next in Syria gather momentum, it is critical that the country’s long-term future is taken as the driving force for any action, a UAE paper commented.

“Syria is at the crossroads. It can either move forward towards a democratic process or disintegrate amidst a vicious civil war. Either way, it is the people of Syria who will reap the benefits or take the burden of the suffering,” Gulf News said in its today’s editorial on the Syrian situation.

Once again the Syrian regime of Bashar Al Assad came under attack as the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, described Syria as a terror state. In his address to Arab foreign ministers in Cairo, Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi also highlighted the Syrian situation, asking Al Assad to step down.

These comments come as the new UN-Arab League envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, takes over the Syria file. Brahimi has yet to bring all the disputing parties together to an agreement. The early signs are already indicative of no change in position as Russian President Vladimir Putin urged western and Arab envoys to reassess their stance on Syria, the paper noted.

Putin also demanded that the security of the current leadership is assured if a transition of power is to take place.

“Regardless of the differences in positions, it is obvious that immediate action needs to be taken. But this should not be at the cost of civilian lives or the unity of the country,” the paper concluded.