Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Assad: Western minds falsify evidence to trigger wars

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, denies that his government would employ chemical weapons, as the governments of western and regional countries and variations predicted a possible military invasion against the country. The claim was that they used chemical weapons against residential areas. President Assad calls the claims lies.

Now, if they were used on a city or suburb with a balance of 10 or 20 victims, would it be believable? - he questioned.

The allegations regarding the use of chemical weapons or information about my resignation change every day and it is likely to be used as a prelude to a war against the nation, said the representative of the Arab country during an interview with Argentine media. The interview had great repercussions in the Syrian media Sunday (19th).

The claim was that they used chemical weapons against residential areas. Now, if they were used on a city or suburb with a balance of 10 or 20 victims, would it be believable? - he questioned.

Assad explained that this would mean the death of thousands or tens of thousands of people in a matter of minutes, which could not be concealed.

Western minds falsify evidence to trigger wars, this is their custom, Assad emphasized while he recalled the fiasco of the former U.S. Secretary of State Collin Powell, who swore at the UN that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which were never found, but served as a pretext for the invasion of that country in 2003.

The Syrian President acknowledged as positive the international conference that the United States and Russia agreed upon in Geneva in June to find a solution to the conflict, although he analyzed that this alone is insufficient to stop terrorism fueled by international actors in this Arabic nation.

We welcome the rapprochement between Russia and the United States, but we must be realistic: we do not believe that western countries actually want a solution in Syria when there are mercenaries from almost 30 nations fighting to overthrow the government he warned.

"We always chose to dialogue with any party, but this does not include terrorists, because no state dialogues with terrorists," he emphasized.

Likewise, Assad rejected that governments like the U.S., France, UK and Turkey openly require his resignation, arguing that this would not solve the litigation that extends for more than two years.

"Someone saying that the Syrian president has leave because the United States, other countries or terrorists want it is something unacceptable," he said while he reiterated that this decision may be taken by the people through the ballot box elections convened for 2014.

Moreover, the country is in crisis and when the boat is in the midst of the storm, the captain does not flee. or resign, said Assad.

 UN Conference

The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday (19th) that he has the expectation that the next international conference on Syria will take place soon, probably in early June.

"We are studying the possibility of holding the conference in early June, and it remains a pending issue, I am convinced that it will soon happen," Ban said during his visit to Moscow Oblast, Russia's capital.

It is worth mentioning that during a meeting held last May in Moscow, Secretary of U.S. State, John Kerry, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, agreed to hold in late May a conference on Syria for the purpose of finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict.

According to the Russian Foreign Minister, Washington and Moscow defended using all available resources to make the parties involved in the conflict come to the dialogue table.

Vermelho, with agencies

Translated from the Portuguese version by:

Lisa Karpova