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Syria seeks to quell chemical weapons fears

07-25-2012 13:33 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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The Syrian government is trying to quell concerns amongst the international community that its stockpile of chemical weapons could be used as tensions escalate. This comes as fighting continues in Syria’s two largest cities, forcing more residents to flee the violence.

More than 2,700 people have been killed this month, making it one of the deadliest since the fighting began; and many fear that it could get much worst. As the conflict reaches new heights, Syria’s foreign ministry said the government’s chemical weapons would not be used internally.

Jihad Makdissi, Spokesman of Syrian Foreign Ministry, said, "Any stocks of WMD, or any unconventional weapons that the Syrian Arab Republic possesses, would never, would never be used against civilians or against the Syrian people during this crisis at any circumstances, no matter how the crisis would evolve, no matter how. These weapons are meant to be used only and strictly in the event of external aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic."

Yet concerns continue as EU foreign ministers met in Belgium on Monday to discuss sharper sanctions on Syria, as their counterparts in the Arab league called again on President Bashar al-Assad to leave.

Nabil Al Arabi, Secretary-General of Arab League, said, "First, we ask the regime to step down but we didn’t set any time frame. The Arab league pledges to provide him (Al Assad) and his family with safe exit to stop the bloodshed in Syria. The faster we act the better."

Meanwhile, the bloodshed continues more than 20 people were reportedly "summarily executed" by government forces in the capital Damascus.

In the north, the Free Syrian Army claims to have taken control of the country’s commercial hub, Aleppo.

This video, which can’t be independently verified as authentic, shows opposition forces celebrating the capture of another Syrian border crossing with Turkey.

While the free Syrian Army claim to have captured Aleppo and three of the boarding crossings with Turkey, the conflict is still far from over. There are a lot of wounds to repair in Syria and healing with the international community.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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