Malaysia supports commission of inquiry on violence in Syria
Posted on June 5, 2012, Tuesday
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is deeply concerned over the continuing violence in Syria and condemns the senseless killing of innocent civilians, including women and children, in the village of El-Houleh on May 25.
Malaysian Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Datuk Mazlan Muhammad, said Malaysia called on all parties in Syria to immediately cease the hostilities and end the violence and human rights violations to prevent the country from drifting into a civil war.
In this regard, he said, Malaysia supported the call for the Commission of Inquiry (COI) to conduct an impartial and indepth investigation of the recent events in El-Houleh, where 180 people were killed, to bring the culprits to justice.
“We fully support the six-point plan by Kofi Annan, the Special Envoy mandated by the UN-Arab League, and his efforts in ending the
violence, and facilitating dialogue and reconciliation between the parties involved,” he said.
Mazlan said this at the 19th Special Session of the Human Rights Council Situation on Human Rights in Syria, in Geneva on Friday.
His text was emailed to Bernama yesterday.
Mazlan said Malaysia had appealed to the Syrian authorities to take the necessary measures to ensure immediate access to the COI in this regard, and ensure members of the commission could operate in safety, without fear or favour. — Bernama