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News number: 9107135029

14:55 | 2013-01-12

Foriegn Policy

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Speaker Rejects Certain States' Alleged Worries about Democracy in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani blasted certain undemocratic countries which paradoxically call for democratic reforms in Syria, and said those states will later understand the real trap they have fallen into by interfering in Syria.



"The interesting point is that certain countries that know nothing of democracy are claiming to be advocating democracy in Syria," Larijani said on Friday.

The Iranian official said Western and regional countries have now come to realize that they cannot solve the Syrian conflict through military intervention and by sending arms to Syrian rebels.

Larijani said countries involved in the Syrian crisis will find out in the future what trap they have fallen into.

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.

The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling the President Bashar al-Assad's government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.