Iran: US, Britain Unwilling to See Rebels' Crimes in Syria



Iran's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Gholam Hossein Dehqani lashed out at the western states, specially the US and Britain, for sending weapons to the rebel groups in Syria, and said they have closed their eyes on the terrorists' crimes in the Muslim country.

"There are very horrendous reports about committing worst types of crimes, particularly taking advantage of civilians as human shield by the extremists in Syria," Dehqani said on Tuesday,
addressing the UN General Assembly meeting allocated to surveying the current status of human rights observation in Syria.

He reiterated that Shiites, Sunnis, Druzes, and Christians are all victims of the extremist groups and it is very surprising for us how come during the course of the past two years no one has expressed worries about the presence of foreign warriors who have entered Syria.

Addressing the British and US representatives at the UN, he said, has Britain, or the United States so far expressed worry about arming the opponents and forwarding money and logistical contributions for these extremist groups, or have they themselves been involved in arming them.

It seems as if they prefer to close their eyes over the criminal acts committed by the extremists in Qusair, Allepo, Khan al-Assal, and the other Syrian cities and villages, he added.

Reminding the US and British UN envoys about the countless criminal acts committed by the extremist groups in the region, and particularly in Syria, he asked who is concerned about the fate of the victims of these crimes? Where is that accountability of which you speak so much about? Should these extremist groups and their supporters not be held accountable for the criminal acts they commit?

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs and foreign-backed terrorist groups against not just the Syrian police, border guard and army troops, but also people being reported across the country.

Tens of thousands of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed since 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 2011, calm was almost restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies sought hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots to topple President Bashar al-Assad, who is well known in the world for his anti-Israeli stances.