Zee Media Bureau/Supriya Jha
United Nations: Four months after a macabre video of a Syrian rebel eating a human heart surfaced, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem raked up the issue of ruthless act again while addressing the United Nations.
Seeking to add weight to Assad regime, Syrian Foreign Minister while addressing the UN General Assembly, invoked 9/11 attacks, comparing the situation in Syria to that of America.
"The people of New York have witnessed the devastations of terrorism, and were burned with the fire of extremism and bloodshed, the same way we are suffering now in Syria," Moallem said.
He claimed that the Syrian government was fighting against those “terrorists” who were involved in such inhuman acts as eating human hearts and amputating body parts and sending them to the family of the victims.
Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Mr al-Moallem said that it was known to all that the branches of the al Qaeda — "the most dangerous terrorist organization" – were fighting against Assad regime in Syria.
“The scenes of murder, manslaughter and eating human hearts were shown on TV screens but did not touch blind consciences,” he said.
He added that terrorists belonging to 83 countries were fighting in Syria.
A ghastly video of a Syrian rebel cutting the heart of a dead soldier and taking a bite of it appeared in May which sparked worldwide outrage and condemnation.
The two branches of al Qaeda - Al Nusra Front and the Aknaf Bait al Maqdis – are known to be assisting the Free Syrian Army in gaining control of government held areas.
Mr al-Moallem also said that Assad regime wanted a political solution to the conflict, which he called a war against “terror” and not a civil war, as the international community terms it.
Regarding the chemical weapons issue, Moallem said that the “terrorists, which the government uses to refer to the rebels, were being supplied the chemicals by differnet countries.
He further accused the West – Britain, France and UK – of not allowing the names of real perpetrators of the chemical attacks to surface.
Syria chemical weapons issue created a furore in the international community when August 21 chemical attack, according to the US claimed 1429 lives, and was orchestrated by the regime.
Syria has now agreed to submit its weapons to the international community by the mid of 2014 as per a joint Russia-US plan.
The disarmament plan to dismantle Syria’s deadly chemical stockpile would start Tuesday as te international chemical weapons inspectors would embark on a mission to destroy the 1000-ton arsenal of Sarin, methane and other poisonous agents.