U.S. seeking to unsettle Syria: Damascus ambassador

April 28, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN - The Syrian ambassador to the United Nations has said that the United States and certain other countries are seeking to destabilize Syria.

Ambassador Bashar Jaafari made the remarks in an interview with the IRNA correspondent in New York, which was conducted on the sidelines of the UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday.
“The U.S. and certain other countries are seeking to destabilize Syria through drawing up a secret plan,” Jaafari stated.
He added, “The attitude of certain countries toward developments in Syria indicates that they are seeking (to draw) a secret plan to create chaos and sour the general atmosphere in Syria.”
Commenting on the fact that Washington is considering sanctions against Syrian government officials, Jaafari said that the decision is not final yet.
He added that he would comment on the issue at an appropriate time.
On Monday, a U.S. official, who requested anonymity, said that the U.S. is mulling sanctions on Syrian officials to increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to end a crackdown on protesters.
The measures, which could freeze the officials’ assets and ban them from doing business in the United States, would likely come in an executive order signed by U.S. President Barack Obama, the unidentified official stated.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Jaafari stated, “The Syrian government care about its people more than any other government.”
And certain statements that are being made are not meant to support the Syrian people, but rather are intended to create instability, he added.
The revolt against Bashar al-assad’s 11-year rule began on March 18.
In a statement released on Tuesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Syria to respect international human rights and the “legitimate aspirations” of its people, Reuters reported.
He added that he believes only an “inclusive dialogue and genuine reform” could lead to a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.
Ban also backed a call by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, for an “independent, transparent and effective investigation” into the alleged “hundreds of deaths” in Syria.
The U.S. officials have accused Iran of insisting Syria in repressing protesters, a claim that Tehran denies.
Tehran has repeatedly stated that it does not approve of using violence against the people in any country, and that the legitimate demands of the people should be taken into consideration.
However, Tehran says the United States and certain other allies of the Zionist regime are seeking to impose the will of the minority in Syria on the majority