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No-fly zone would be aggression against Syria: envoy

08-20-2012 23:51 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

BEIJING, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- A proposal by Western countries to set up a no-fly zone over Syria would be considered an aggression against the Middle East country, a senior Syrian official said.

The no-fly zone, suggested by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Western officials, "will be an aggression against Syria and Syria is a country that will not accept any aggression and will defend itself, " Bouthaina Shaaban, the Syrian president's special envoy and political and media adviser, told Xinhua here in a recent interview.

Asked whether such a non-fly zone could be established under a different guise in the future, she said, "I don't think so ... And I hope this will never be agreed upon."

The envoy also said supporting rebels with arms and money was an interference in Syria and a violation of Syrian sovereignty, and foreign support for anti-government groups was the reason for the continued violence in Syria during past 18 months.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met Shaaban Thursday to discuss the current situation in Syria.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Xinhua

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