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Jakarta Post

Indonesia urges Asaad to stop violence

  • Mustaqim Adamrah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 2 2011   /  09:57 am

Indonesia is urging the Syrian government to stop using force against its citizens following the killing of 80 civilians on Sunday by troops in Hama as the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad enters its fifth month.

“The use of force will never solve problems. There’s a need for a dialogue to reach a peaceful solution,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Michael Tene told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

“We hope all related parties in Syria will be able to solve their problems by peaceful means to reach the best possible solution for the people of Syria.”

Michael added that there were no reports that any of the more than 13,000 Indonesians living or working in Syria were victims of the violence.

From Amman, rights activists said 80 civilians were killed in Sunday’s tank-backed assault on the central Syrian city where Assad’s father crushed an armed Mu...