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Posted on: July 23rd, 2012 by AlYunaniya Staff No Comments

Syria rejects Arab League proposal for Assad exit as over-the-top interference

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Syrian government has rejected an Arab League plan for President Bashar al-Assad to hand over powers to his deputy, characterizing the proposed initiative as over-the-top interference.

“We are sorry that the Arab League has descended to this level concerning a member state of this institution,” he said. “This decision only concerns the Syrian people, who are the sole masters of fate of their governments,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jihad Makdissi said at a media conference on Monday, according to AFP.

“If the Arab nations who met in Doha were honest about wanting to stop the bloodshed they would have stopped supplying arms… they would stop their instigation and propaganda,” he said. “All their statements are hypocritical.”

The Arab League on Monday called on Assad to swiftly give up his powers in order to end the fighting that has swept across the country. A day earlier, the Arab League also urged the rebel Free Syrian Army to form a transitional government of national unity.

“We call on the opposition and the Free Syrian Army to form a government of national unity,” Sheikh Hamad said as he delivered the results of the Arab League meeting.

Meanwhile, a statement by the Foreign Ministry on Monday stressed that Syria’s stance that any chemical or biological weapons will never ever be used during the crisis in Syria notwithstanding the developments inside the country.

A statement by the Ministry, read by spokesman Dr. Jihad Makdissi in a press conference, said that such weapons stocks are secured and directly monitored by the Syrian Armed Forces and would only be used in the case of external aggression on the country,

The statement came as Syrian troops commanded by the brother of President Bashar al-Assad and backed by helicopter gunships have driven rebel fighters out of a district of Damascus a week after the insurgents launched a major assault on the capital, Al Jazeera reported.

Clashes between government focres and rebels have intesified since rebels brought their battle to overthrow Assad to the capital and killed four of the president’s regime members in a bomb attack on a meeting of senior security officials last Wednesday.

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