Malta has joined the international community in condemning the “widespread violations” of human rights and the use of force by the Syrian government against protestors demanding democratic change.

The Syrian authorities “must take” all necessary steps to stop the violence, meet the legitimate aspirations of the people and allow the introduction of genuine reforms, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

Malta remained supportive of the EU’s calls for fundamental freedoms to be granted to the Syrian people and its efforts to bring the crisis to a peaceful end, the ministry added.

Alternattiva Demokratika also condemned the violence and reiterated its support to the democratic forces of opposition.

Its international affairs spokesman, Arnold Cassola, said the world had been witnessing President Bashar Al-Assad’s “brutality for far too long now in perfect impotence”. The international community, he added, was a mute spectator to such violence and this state of affairs could no longer persist.

The Maltese government had to make its voice clearly heard so that United Nations peace enforcement forces were deployed in Syria to protect the innocent civilians who were the victims of the regime, Prof. Cassola said.

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