Egypt for Palestinian state, against intervention in Syria: Mursi


Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi emphasized the need for full Palestinian United Nations membership during his speech at the Arab Foreign Ministers meeting in Cairo on Wednesday.

Mursi, who said that the Palestinian issue is “pivotal for Arabs’ progress,” also denounced any threats or interventions marring Arab countries’ sovereignty. Egypt would not export its revolution, which saw its longtime Presidnet Hosni Mubarak deposed last year, to any other country, he vowed.

He also spoke of attempts of revolution within Syria, saying there “there is no time for reforms in Syria” and that "change is inevitable and has to happen,” as the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad is inevitable.

“The Syrian people have chosen change,” he said, adding that the “Syrian regime must learn lessons from modern and ancient history.”

Mursi did not give more details of the gathering that Cairo has said should include Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt.

Mursi's speech was not the only one that critized Assad.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that Syria had become a “terrorist state” carrying out massacres against its own people.

“The regime in Syria has become a terrorist state,” Erdogan told his ruling AKP meeting in Ankara. “Syria is not an ordinary country to us. We do not have the luxury to remain indifferent to what's happening there.”

China supports transition

Despite widespread international criticism of indescriminate violence by his forces during the 18-months of fighting that has engulfed Syria, President Assad has vowed to remain in power.

On Wednesday, China, which had vetoed U.N. security council resolutions on Syria, said that it supported a political transition in the country and was not attached to Assad, as it defended its record during a visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton, meeting in Beijing with the country’s top leadership, reiterated she was “disappointed” by the vetoes of China and Russia of U.N. resolutions that would have threatened action against Assad to end the spiraling bloodshed.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi called for all sides to end fighting, telling a joint news conference with Clinton: “Let me emphasize that China is not partial to any individual or any party.”

Yang called on all nations to exert “a positive influence” to persuade the sides in Syria “to adopt a realistic, calm and constructive attitude so that there can be an early beginning of political dialogue and transition.”

But he warned against the use of outside force to end the conflict that activists say has killed more than 26,000 people -- a sensitive notion for one-party China.