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15:36 | 2012-04-02

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MP Blames US for Unrests in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian lawmaker blamed the United States for the start of unrests in Syria, saying that Washington sought to change the Syrian regime after it lost its key ally in the region, Egypt.

Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaedin Boroujerdi said the Syrian crisis began with the planning of the US and its allies and in fact it was the US reaction to losing its most important ally in the Middle East i.e. Egypt.

He further said Tehran hopes that Syrian President Bashar Assad will keep stability in his country and restore peace to Syria by implementing reforms and preventing foreign interference.

He added reforms in Syria need peace to be put in practice and it seems that reforms can influence the developments in that country and the conditions are better than the past.

Boroujerdi criticized Turkey's policy on Syria, and said Ankara neglected the important principle of solidarity between neighbors and followed the superficial slogan of supporting Syrian people while majority of Syrians support reforms in Syria and are against foreign intervention.

He added Turkey is now moderating its policies on Syria and this is shown in (Turkey's Prime Minister) Erdogan's remarks during his visit to Tehran.

Criticizing Saudi Arabia and Qatar's policies on Syria, Boroujerdi said talking about democracy by these two countries is more like a joke since their political systems are extremely far from democracy.

On Kofi Annan's peace plan on Syria, Boroujerdi said any plan which is confirmed by the government of Syria can be accepted.

Any foreign intervention in Syria will make more problems in that country and is naturally unacceptable but any proposal that is accepted by the people and government of Syria is welcomed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, too, said the official.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague's words at his annual Mansion House speech in the City of London on Thursday substantiate Boroujerdi's remarks about the main role of the United States and its allies in Syrian unrests.

Hague announced that London plans to double its aid to armed rebels and terrorist groups in Syria.

The British foreign secretary said his country would give opposition groups extra help worth £500,000.

Hague is working to boost Syria's opposition at a moment when Syrian President Bashar Assad has embarked on a reform initiative, approved by an overwhelming majority of his people who voted for his proposed constitution.

Hague told his audience, including dozens of foreign ambassadors in London, that the extra £500,000 would help groups both inside and outside Syria.

It will include more training for opposition groups as well as citizen journalists.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since last March 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 stirring unrests in Syria once again.