Assad Regime Asks U.N. to Protect Syria From U.S. "Aggression"

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Sept. 2 2013 1:28 PM

Assad Regime Asks U.N. to Protect Syria From U.S. "Aggression"

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In a letter to U.N. leaders, Syria has called on the international organization to protect it from “any aggression” directed at the country following the regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons. The letter, from Syrian ambassador to the U.N., Bashar Ja’afari, is addressed to U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon and President of the Security Council Maria Cristina Perceval.

In the letter, Ja’afari called on "the U.N. Secretary General to shoulder his responsibilities for preventing any aggression on Syria and pushing forward reaching a political solution to the crisis in Syria", state news agency SANA said on Monday. The U.N. envoy also urged the Security Council to "maintain its role as a safety valve to prevent the absurd use of force out of the frame of international legitimacy."

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In response to potential U.S. military strikes, Ja’afari said the U.S. should “play its role, as a peace sponsor and as a partner to Russia in the preparation for the international conference on Syria and not as a state that uses force against whoever opposes its policies."

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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