Syria: Arming rebels means arming terrorist al-Nusra

Syria: Arming rebels means arming terrorist al-Nusra
Mon Jun 24, 2013 15:40:19

Syria says sending arms to militants in the country means “arming terrorist al-Nusra Front”, warning that the move will only prolong the crisis and deepen the bloodshed.

Speaking at a news conference in Damascus Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday that his country is ready to attend the Geneva-based peace talks as a means to agree a national government of "genuine partnership".

He stressed, however, that Syrian government will not go to talks to hand over the power to the divided opposition which is mixed with terrorist and radical groups.

Moualem said if the proposed talks in Geneva went ahead there should be a ceasefire and authorities in Damascus were ready to discuss mechanisms for monitoring it.

He called on Syria's neighbors to stop arming militants conducting a bloody insurgency to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad and said a decision by Western and Arab countries on Saturday to arms them would prolong the crisis and deepen the bloodshed.

"If they expect or fantasize that they can create a balance of power, I think they will need to wait years for that to happen," he said.

In a strongly condemned meeting of the so-called ''Friends of Syria'' in Doha, Qatar, participants agreed to provide urgent military support to insurgents in Syria.

Russia expressed grave concerns on the outcomes of the Doha meeting, warning it will hamper efforts aimed at finding a swift political solution to the bloody unrest.

Syria crisis started as pro-reform protests but with interventions from the United States, UK and their regional allies it soon turned to a massive insurgency which took in numerous terrorist groups from all over Europe and Middle East to wage one of the bloodiest wars the region has ever experienced.

The war, which many fear is turning to a “war of hatred”, has already taken more than 100,000 lives.

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