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Iran Renews Support for Annan’s Syria Plan

Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazayee reaffirmed Tehran’s support for the plan of the UN Special Envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan, but meantime voiced Iran’s strong opposition to foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs.

“We have always supported the UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan’s six article plan as the best solution for the Syrian crisis, and favored putting an end to the cruelties and aggressions there,” Khazayee said in a press conference at the end of a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Wednesday.

In response to a question, he rejected any type of military intervention of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Syria.

Khazayee emphasized Islamic Republic of Iran’s basic policy of refraining from interference in other countries’ internal affairs, adding, Tehran has no military, or financial interference abroad.

“For instance, Bahrain is our neighbor, but Tehran never interferes in that country’s internal affairs, but it is clear for everyone which country’s military forces are today stationed in Bahrain,” he added.

He criticized those who provide money and weapons for the opponents of the Syrian government, reiterating, “Forwarding weapons and money leads of boosting aggressions in that country and amid so much aggressive moves it is impossible to push forth the reforms in that country.”

Khazayee said that the countries opposed to Damascus government are sending arms and money into Syria, which is something they should seriously avoid, arguing, “If this sick process would be halted we can then hope for calm pursuit of the reforms trend.”

The permanent representative of Iran at the UN reiterated, “Tehran believes entire countries’ support for full implementation of Kofi Annan’s six point plan is the best path for exit from the ongoing crisis in Syria.”

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.

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