miércoles, 24 de octubre de 2012
Syria blasts France for 'supporting armed terrorists'
Armed insurgents fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad (file photo)
Syria has accused France of fueling the unrest in the country by supporting armed groups fighting against the Damascus government.
Syrian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Paris is hindering efforts to stop the violence in the country, and by backing terrorists encourages them to pursue their massacres against civilians.
"Syria calls on the international community, and in particular the UN Security Council, to seriously question the role of France, which is preventing the cessation of violence and terrorism in Syria," Syrian official news agency SANA quoted the ministry as saying.
"The previous and current French governments continue to defy universal rights in a flagrant manner... by supporting armed terrorist groups in Syria," it added.
The ministry also criticized France for inviting a number of insurgent leaders to meet with officials and diplomats from some 20 countries at the French Foreign Ministry on October 17.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry, however, said that Damascus government will keep calm while dealing with Paris' interference in its internal affairs.
France gave 1.5 million Euros in financial aid to Syrian insurgents in August.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the violence.
Syria accuses Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey as well as some Western countries of fanning the flames violence in the country.