We believe in democratic reform in Syria, but we are also of the opinion that this cannot be done through weapons. But Westerners seek to change the equation to another form.” Iran's Majlis Speaker Ali LarijaniIran's Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani has lashed out at Western powers for their efforts to intensify violence in Syria, stressing that Iran supports democratic reforms in the Arab nation. “We believe in democratic reform in Syria, but we are also of the opinion that this cannot be done through weapons. But Westerners seek to change the equation to another form,” Larijani said on Monday. He added that Western countries thought that they can resolve the Syria issue in their own interest in a short time; however, it was a “childish” idea, IRNA reported. Syrian officials have also accepted the need for changes and are currently making efforts in this regard, Larijani noted. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and insurgents are behind the unrest, while the opposition accuses the security forces of killing protesters. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals.
The top Iranian parliamentarian also pointed to the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran, noting that the Islamic Republic’s great success in holding the summit has isolated the Israeli regime.The Israeli regime is currently trying hard to get out of this isolation, Larijani said. He noted that Iran's power and influence in the region has irked the enemies and raised the West’s concern about the sweeping wave of the Islamic Awakening and regional developments. Larijani described the NAM summit in Tehran as the “symbol of the Islamic Republic’s very active capacity in the region” and added, “The presence of more than 120 countries in the Tehran summit proved Iran's political and diplomatic success and displayed the movement’s prestige and position to Western countries.” He emphasized that NAM has a great potential to resolve conflicts among countries and promote global stability. The Majlis speaker warned against enemies’ strategy to mount pressure on the Iranian nation, particularly Iran's economy and said they seek to decrease the Iranian nation’s influence in the region. The 16th NAM Summit wrapped up in the Iranian capital on Friday, with the member states passing a final resolution, which included over 700 paragraphs. Iran assumed the rotating presidency of the NAM for a three-year term during the summit. NAM is an international organization with 120 member states that is not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. Nearly two-thirds of the countries of the United Nations are also NAM members. SF/SS/AZ