Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas on Saturday called on the Syrian government to display “self-restraint and proceed with immediate implementation of necessary reforms that will benefit the Syrian people and the country’s stability”. The written statement was issued in response to the dramatic incidents that took place in Syria on Friday during which over 80 people lost their lives. Droutsas stressed that the news on the use of violence by the Syrian government forces to quell protests in Syrian cities and the deaths of tens of civilians cause great concern. “The right to peaceful demonstration and freedom of expression is an essential element of democracy and must be respected,” the FM underlined in his statement.