Switzerland announced the closure of its own embassy in Syria in the coming days are recommended and its citizens "as quickly as possible" to leave Syria.
Speaking on the Swiss radio said this Didier Burkhalter — the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.
He said that Bern is rapidly withdrawn its ambassador, but left embassy with a view, so that there could handle about two hundred Swiss, living in Syria. These Swiss, as pointed out by Burkhalter, in the main hold dual citizenship (ITAR-TASS).
Swiss salting departed from the Syrian capital in Bern in August 2011 and has since not vorachivalsya in Syria.
On Wednesday, February 15, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin referred to withdrawal of ambassadors of different countries of Syria is very alarming sign (information, "Interfax").
In the TV channel NTV Churkin said, "While this is not a rejection of the diplomatic solution to the problem, but a sign that maybe it really is that they are preparing for a large-scale outbreak of the conflict."
Remember that first February own ambassadors Syria withdrew some European countries and the Cooperation Council for the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf.
The last review of the decision of its own ambassador of the Netherlands announced with the wording: salting recalled for consultations. Prior to this property after withdrew four countries: Italy, France, Belgium, Spain.
Need to see that the temporary closure of their own embassies in Damascus announced the United States and England. The readiness withdraw Ambassador of Finland said. And Norway has evacuated the embassy staff.
In turn, the Cooperation Council for the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf, issued a statement in which it was said that the members of the Council are withdrawing ambassadors. Also, these countries decided to expel Governors representative of the Assad regime diplomatically — "in response to the escalation of violence" in Syria. In Council includes Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman.
Tunisia announced a removal proceedings own ambassador, and the recognition of the authorities of Damascus illegitimate. Later, the chairman of inter-Arab Parliament, Ali Salem al-Dikbasi called on Arab countries to expel envoys Assad.