Jan 26, 2014, 11:36 AM
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Syrian crisis not to be resolved without Iran: ex-UN official

New York, Jan 26, IRNA – Former deputy United Nations secretary general Giandomenico Picco said it would be impossible to find a solution for the ongoing crisis in Syria without Iran’s presence as a powerful regional state.

Speaking exclusively to IRNA, Picco criticized the weird move of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on rescinding an invitation for Iran to attend Syria peace negotiations after Tehran said it didn't accept the June 2012 political transition deal that was the base for the talks.

The former UN envoy stressed that the Syrian crisis could not be settled without Iran and Saudi Arabia’s cooperation.

Picco urged Tehran and Riyadh to exchange views over different issues and regional problems.

Noting that the focus of the regional struggles has changed from Palestine into religious conflicts, Picco said the Syrian problem is indeed part of the religious conflicts.

Picco called on Iran and Saudi Arabia to make a serious and fundamental agreement to stop spread of disputes and wars in Syria, Iraq and other regional states.

UN secretary general invited Iran last Sunday to attend the Geneva II conference on Syria however, he withdrew his invitation the next day under the heavy pressure of certain currents, US in particular.

The move was vastly covered by international media.