Lavrov : Reforms in Arab East should be completed without interference in countries' affairs

Political reforms in the Arab world should be brought to a logical end, but this must be done with respect to the UN Charter, without interference in these countries\' internal affairs and without using force against them, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"Certainly, the political reforms that have been started need to be brought to a logical end, but with the opinions of all strata of society taken into account so as to rule out any recurrences of upheavals," Lavrov said at the UN Security Council's open meeting dealing with peace and security in the Middle East in New York on Wednesday.

"The events ongoing in the Middle East and North Africa yet again prove the need to respect the key principles of the UN Charter, primarily sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries, non-interference in their internal affairs, and non-use of force or a threat to use force. The way toward reliable resolution of problems lies through broad dialogue and national accord," Lavrov said.

"The changes have been prompted by the nations' strivings for a better life and justice and the desire to exercise their political rights and freedoms. They are consonant with the philosophy of Russia's foreign policy, which presumes that every nation should determine its fate on its own," he said.

The attacks on foreign embassies in a number of countries and the deaths of U.S. diplomats in Libya once again confirmed the need to fight terrorism uncompromisingly, and "there can be no double standards here," Lavrov said.

"It is important that terrorists trying to take advantage of the processes of changes must meet with a unanimous rebuff by the international community in Libya, Iraq, Yemen or Syria," he said.

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