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Foreign Minister: Syria may face isolation

Finland’s Foreign Minister, Erkki Tuomioja, says that Syria may end up in complete international isolation if the country’s government does not stop the violence against its people. The solution, according to Tuomioja, will come from inside Syria.

Erkki Tuomioja
Erkki Tuomioja Image: Jyrki Lyytikkä / Yle

Syrian government forces are continuing their attacks on the city of Hama. The total death toll since the start of the military stands at about 140. Meanwhile the United Nations Security Council is still negotiating a draft resolution condemning Syria. So far, no agreement on the nature and the wording of the statement has been reached.

If it does come to sanctions, the UNSC could impose travel bans on Syrian officials, as well as restrictions on trade and financial transactions.

“Ultimately, the question here is one of casting Syria into complete international isolation if the current government and such policies go on as they are,” Tuomioja said.

In the minister’s opinion, the solution will be found from inside Syria.

“It could be that, at some point, the machinery of violence will break down, orders will no longer be enforced and the people’s resistance will get stronger still. It’s difficult to imagine that such actions and violence have the support of anyone but a really small elite minority trying to hold on to their positions,” Tuomioja said.

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