Damascus: Syrians protest against UN report
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets Monday to protest the findings of the UN report on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and to express support in Syria's stances.
In the protest, which was organized by the regime, participants raised President Bashar al-Assad's images and banners that condemned schemes targeting Syria, SANA reported.
In addition, Damascus residents issued a statement in which they "strongly condemned the UN report and the US threats against Syria."
"Syria has been respecting the United Nations and committed to the international resolutions, so it has completely cooperated with the UN investigation committee on assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri because sit is the first to be damaged from this heinous crime," the statement said.
"The report, regrettably, didn't help neither Syria nor Lebanon to reach the truth but rather it created an atmosphere of rumors, misleading talks," the statement read. "Its issuing in this wide scaled way while it lacked the secrecy and objectivity of profession is a crystal clear proof that the committee politicized the report."
"The committee can't free itself from the responsibility and from the political results which the report left and will leave in each of Syria, Lebanon and the Arab and foreign countries," the statement noted.
"Syria is proud for being among the states which founded the UN Charter and committed to its resolutions which call for liberating the occupied Arab territories, returning the occupied Syrian Golan as well achieving the just and comprehensive peace in the region," it stressed.
"The report ignored the presence of Israel in the region, which is the first beneficiary from what is going on, " the statement pointed out, asserting that the report was prepared within the framework of the continuous pressures on Syria since issuing the resolutions 1559.