Assad regime says West imposing its will on Syria

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 18:12

Zee Media Bureau/Supriya Jha

Damascus: Blaming the West for supporting “terrorists”, Syrian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday claimed that the United States, France and Britain were trying to impose their will on Syrian people.

Damascus’ allegation comes after the three Western nations’ foreign ministers met in Paris and stressed upon a serious and strong UN resolution to eliminate chemical stockpile of Syria so that Assad regime faces “consequences” in case of non-compliance.

After the meeting with UK and French counterparts in Paris, John Kerry emphasized for a strong resolution with binding terms for Assad regime saying that Assad “will play games” if he thinks that the resolution is not enforceable.

"The United States, France and Britain have revealed their true objective... Which is to impose their will on the Syrian people," the Syrian foreign ministry said in a statement.

"Claims by the United States and its allies that they want a political solution for the crisis in Syria... contradict their never-ending attempts... At imposing their conditions, and at supporting groups that practice violence and terrorism in Syria," added the foreign ministry.

Damascus went on to accuse the West of supporting al-Nusra (Qaeda-linked terrorist organization) by arming them.

The US and Russia on Saturday agreed upon a disarmament plan for Syria according to which the chemical arsenal would be destroyed by mid-2014.

The US and France allege that the Syrian regime carried out the chemical attack in Ghouta on Aug 21 that killed 1429 people.

A UN report by chemical inspectors who probed the attack released yesterday confirmed that Sarin gas was used on a massive scale in Syria that took innocent lives.
Following the report, Syrian use of chemical weapons drew worldwide flak including China and Japan’s condemnation of the deadly attack.

First Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 16:13

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