Arab, Turkish officials urge dialogue with Iran

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But Mr. Jebali asked pointedly on Sunday: “If a regime is killing its people, are we allowed to talk about sovereignty as a reason or a justification? Is sovereignty a justification for a regime to do whatever it will?”

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr signaled frustration that the U.N. resolution was vetoed following “one of the few instances when the Arab League really came forward and put forward a full plan for a settlement.”

“Now this human tragedy has to stop,” Mr. Amr said, adding that Arab League foreign ministers will meet in Cairo next Saturday.

“We will evaluate the situation after what happened in the Security Council and hopefully … we will be successful to achieve a peaceful solution,” Mr. Amr said.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, whose country is currently a nonpermanent member of the Security Council, said it was possible that the matter would be again taken to the U.N body, in close coordination with the Arab League.

Mr. Davutoglu accused Russia and China of reverting to Cold War stances, saying that they “did not vote based on the existing realities, but more reflexive attitude against (the) West.”

“The veto power should not be used from this perspective,” Mr. Davutoglu said. In vetoing a “very soft resolution — which type of message are we giving to the Syrian people or in the region?” he asked.

Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman, one of the winners of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, said of Russia and China that “those two countries bear the moral and human responsibility for these massacres.”

“I urge you in the name of the peaceful rebels to expel Syrian ambassadors from your countries, and I urge you to call back your ambassadors in Damascus,” Ms. Karman said to conference delegates.

“That is the minimum you can do to punish this regime, and I also urge you to take the necessary measures to protect the Syrian people.”

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