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Syrian authorities free over 200 prisoners in presence of UN observers

June 02, 2012, 15:51 UTC+3

The US of backing the armed opposition from the very start of the conflict in Syria, trying “to kindle a civil war and to split the country”

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TEL AVIV, June 2 (Itar-Tass) — For its part, the US in the person of its representative at the Council Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe put the blame on the Syrian authorities for the tragedy in Houla.

She stated that the Syrian government bears responsibility for murders of civilian population in Houla. This is the main accusation, slapped down on the present republican leadership, she added.

In turn, Syrian representative at the UN European branch Faisal Hamaui called as guilty in the crime “a group of armed terrorists whose number is supposedly between 600-800 people”. According to the diplomat, such tactics is well-known and is aimed at setting up a special session, similar to the present, and at taking “a resolution, seriously hamstringing trust in the Council”.

He accused the US of backing the armed opposition from the very start of the conflict in Syria, trying “to kindle a civil war and to split the country”.

The Syrian topic was discussed in Berlin on Friday at a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “It’s important to find a political solution” of the situation in Syria, noted Merkel after the talks.

“The Annan plan can be a starting point, but we should work steadfastly also at the UN Security Council to translate this plan into life,” the federal chancellor said with confidence. “As for the situation with people in Syria, we are united (with Moscow) in our appraisal.

”The situation is horrible there. I can say that nobody is interested in a civil war in Syria; and we should do our utmost to head off it,” said the German cabinet head.

“We centre on a political solution; it is important to discuss in this case how we should work within the UN that the Annan plan should not lead to chaos,” the chancellor underlined, admitting that Russia and Germany “have differences in assessing some moments”.

The Russian president came out against any unilateral, the more so, force methods against Syria. “As for possible instruments we can use in settling the Syrian problem, we do not intend to use any instruments unilaterally,” Putin said at a news conference in Berlin after the talks with Merkel.

“Of course we shall hold a dialogue with our partners, above all at the UN Security Council, with the Federal Republic and other countries interested in settling the conflict. Sure, we shall be in contact with President Assad and the Syrian leadership, with regional powers and Arab countries that are involved in the conflict in some or other way.

“We shall do our best to bring the conflict to naught as well as to political means of self-regulation,” the Russian president stressed.


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