Syrian FM: No peace talks if West backs 'terrorists'
Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Walid Moallem speaks during the 68th United Nations General Assembly on September 30, 2013 in New York City. (AFP)
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Continuous support of “terrorists” by states which previously waged war against terrorism will not allow for a political solution to solve the Syrian conflict, Syria’s Foreign Minister, Walid Moallem, said Monday during the UN 68th General Assembly.
“There will be no talk of a political solution as long as terrorists are being supported financially and militarily,” Moallem said.
The minister highlighted that there were “countries who have waged war against terrorism,” but are currently “supporting terrorists” in Syria.
“Free elections are the only way to find out what Syrians want,” Moallem said, adding “there is no civil war in Syria.”
He described as a “joke” some countries support of opposition factions in Syria. He also stated that differentiating between “moderate and extremists fighters” was like hair-splitting.
“I ask what you call those who capture children, sell their organs abroad or recruit children and train them militarily.”
He said these “terrorists” eat human hearts, and dismember people while they are still alive, then send their limbs to family members.
While the United States has shown its support to the opposition Free Syrian Army, it also expressed hesitance over giving full-fledged military backing to all groups fighting the Assad regime. Washington is also fearful of radical Islamists being among the rebel army.
Syria, meanwhile, came under imminent attack by Western powers last month, after images of hundreds of Syrians seemingly killed by chemical weapons surfaced.
US President Barack Obama called for a military strike but lost the support of his major ally, the UK, when the British parliament voted against military action against Syria.
Moallem also claimed that Syrian “terrorists” are being supplied with chemical weapons, but he did not name specific nations accused of supplying them.
In mid-September, Obama said he was willing to try for a diplomatic solution on the Syrian crisis, but warned that military strikes were still an option.