Foreign Ministry completely denies the Syrian Arab Army's use of Scud missiles

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Foreign and Expatriates Ministry completely denies rumors about the Syrian Arab Army's use of Scud missiles in confronting armed terrorist groups.

On Thursday,SANA reported : " In response to what has been circulated by some instigative sides, particularly Turkey and its partners in conspiring against Syria, about the Syrian Arab Army's use of Scud missile to confront armed terrorist groups, the ministry denies these rumors that aim to sully Syria's image and its position at international level".

The source clarified that Scud missiles are strategic and long-range ones and are not used in facing armed terrorist gangs.

"The Ministry wants to assure that these missiles have not been used in confronting the armed terrorist groups who are using advanced weapons received from conspiring countries in their attacks against innocent citizens, military forces and the public and private infrastructure," said the source.

Syria voices concern over US delay of nuclear-free Middle East conference

Syria voiced on Thursday concern over the US stance as regards delaying an international conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East scheduled to be held this month in Finland.

A source at Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said: "The Syrian Arab Republic expresses worry about the US stance related to postpone a conference, which was due to take place in December 2012 in Finland,on nuclear-free Middle East and creating a zone free of mass destruction weapons."

SANA quoted the source as saying that the Syrian government sees the US delay of the conference as a breach of the conference's sponsors' obligations mentioned in the final document of the 2010 NPT Review Conference.

"The US is not entitled to unilaterally decide postponing the conference," said the source, noting that this stance reveals the falsity of the US side's claims and its adherence to obligations.

The ministry considers this step as a test of the international community's credibility and its bona fides as regards disarming the Middle East of nuclear and mass destruction weapons.

It described that the US decision as a flagrant and unjustified defense of Israel and threats security and peace in the region as it provides a cover for Israel's possession of WMDs.

On the other hand, the source said: "The Syrian government rejects all pretexts for not convening the conference on time and the US disregard for the NPT parties' will", asserting that this would have negative consequences on the treaty, and would seriously endanger the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament system.

It clarified that the Syrian Arab Republic has accepted to take part in the conference and backed efforts for its organization as all regional countries did, except Israel, which worked with its allies to not hold the conference under false pretexts that have nothing to do with the topic of the conference.

The source added:" The Syrian government appeals to the international community to unveil Israel's policies that hinder all international efforts being exerted to disarm the Middle East of WMDs."

It called on the international community to put pressures on Israel to join the NPT to subjecting all its nuclear activities to the IAEA Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement."

B.Qaddour