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UPDATED: 07:47, August 04, 2006
Spanish FM says Syria ready to play positive role in ending Lebanon crisis
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Visiting Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos said on Thursday in Damascus that Syria would play a positive role in bringing about solutions to get out of the crisis in Lebanon.

Moratinos made the remarks after a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other senior officials.

"Syria is part of the solution to solve regional complicated problems ... and common stances have been reached," Moratinos said, warning that the situation in the Middle East has become very dangerous and might lead to passive reflections against all.

He said that he reached an agreement with the Syrian side on the need to let all parties concerned take part in seeking solutions to the current crisis.

"We came to the conclusion that there is no military solution to any conflict or crisis in the Middle East and we have to call for immediate ceasefire and a political package," he said.

When asked about Hezbollah's conditions for ending the crisis, he said "the Hezbollah stance is unified with the Lebanese government and there is a participation of Hezbollah and all the Lebanese parties in solving the crisis."

Terming his talks in Damascus as "positive and constructive" that fulfilled scheduled aims, he said "there was still room for an exit to a wide and bright horizon in the Middle East."

"It is time to engage all parties to enhance dialogue and increase diplomatic efforts in solving the crisis," he said.

"I will go back to Madrid with more hope after I received a constructive and fruitful response from Syria", Moratinos said, adding that he would brief Finland, the rotating EU presidency, and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on his talks here.

Moratinos, a former EU Middle East peace envoy, arrived here Wednesday evening from Lebanon, where he held talks with senior Lebanese officials, including two Hezbollah loyalist ministers.

"We must succeed at an immediate ceasefire. We are working together on constructive ideas and proposals," he said after talks with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem shortly after arrival.

Israel has continued a massive assault against Lebanon's Shiite group Hezbollah and expanded its ground operations.

The violence between Israel and Hezbollah erupted on July 12 in the wake of the abduction of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah guerrillas in a cross-border raid.

Source: Xinhua

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