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Syria Condemns Planned US Military Support of Opposition

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The Syrian government’s negotiators at international talks currently under way in Geneva said Tuesday that Washington’s plans to deliver military equipment to the Syrian opposition were in breach of international agreements.

MONTREUX, January 28 (RIA Novosti) – The Syrian government’s negotiators at international talks currently under way in Montreux said Tuesday that Washington’s plans to deliver military equipment to the Syrian opposition were in breach of international agreements.

“Such a provocative decision is a blatant violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1373. We are surprised by the timing of this decision, because it would have a negative effect on the Geneva-2 talks,” the Syrian delegation said in a statement.

International media reported earlier this week, citing a US government source, that Washington would resume supplies of non-lethal military equipment, such as communications equipment, to Syrian opposition forces.

Syrian diplomats described the planned move as a “direct attempt to disrupt the pursuit of a political solution in Syria” that “clearly contradicts the obligations that the US had undertaken under the Geneva communique.”

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad accused the US of “trying to ruin the Geneva-2 peace conference,” but said the Syrian government would strongly resist such attempts.

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