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Syria warns of supporting armed groups

04-07-2012 09:32 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

DAMASCUS, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Syria warned Friday the countries that announced their support for armed rebels in Syria "of the consequences of their statements and works," calling on other countries not to provide safe havens for those who support and commit terrorism.

In a statement carried by the state-run SANA news agency, the Syrian government said that it looks forward to be assisted by the international community in eliminating terrorism and to undergo measure to prevent funding the armed groups.

The statement came apparently as another outcry from the Syrian government toward the stance of Saudi Arabia and Qatar after the two countries announced their intentions to arm and support the rebel fighters in Syria.

The two wealthy Arab countries have reportedly drawn up plans to supply tens of millions of U.S. dollars to support the militia in Syria.

On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the rebels would not be able to defeat President Bashar al-Assad's forces even if they were "armed to the teeth".

Iraq, Egypt and Algeria are also against the armament of the rebels, fearing it could fuel a sectarian civil war in Syria.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: Xinhua

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