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Ioane Burese
Saturday, December 15, 2012

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola attended the ministerial conference on the Group of Friends of the Syrian People Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, attended by representatives of 114 countries from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, the US and the Pacific.

In his statement, Ratu Inoke said Fiji was aware of the crisis in Syria and deplored the exacerbating violence by all parties to the conflict.

Ratu Inoke said while Fiji agreed that peace and stability must be restored in Syria for the security of the Middle East and the international community at large, such restoration, however, should be premised on the guiding principles of full respect for Syria's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

He added Fiji was committed to securing peace and stability in Syria and would support all efforts to reach this vision in the best interests of all Syrians.