Assad regime capable of using chemical weapons: opposition



ANKARA- Syria is capable of using chemical weapons, a leading opposition leader warned on Monday after President Bashar al-Assad's regime said it could do so against "external aggression."
Abdel Basset Sayda accused certain Kurdish groups in the north of Syria of collaborating with President Bashar al-Assad.
"A regime that massacres children, that rapes women, can just as well use chemical weapons," the Anatolia news agency quoted Sayda, the chief of the Syrian National Council (SNC), as saying.



Assad regime capable of using chemical weapons: opposition
The statement came after a Syrian foreign ministry spokesman warned Syria would use chemical weapons if attacked by outsiders.
"Syria will not use any chemical or other unconventional weapons against its civilians, and will only use them in case of external aggression," Jihad Makdissi told reporters.
Sayda, speaking after a meeting with Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, called on the international community to ensure that the weapons were never used, the agency reported.
The warning from the Damascus regime has already received a harsh response from the United States. UN chief Ban Ki-Moon also condemned any use of such weapons.
Sayda accused certain Kurdish groups in northern Syria close to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) of working with Assad's forces.
"The Syrian regime has entrusted this region to the PKK or to the PYD (Democratic Union Party) and has pulled out," said Sayda, who is a Kurd himself.
But the Kurdish people did not support these groups, he said: "They are on the side of the revolution."
The PKK, listed as a terrorist group by Turkey and much of the international community, took up arms in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.
Some critics of the PYD consider it to be the Syrian branch of the PKK.
Kurds make up nearly nine percent of Syria's 23 million people.
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Tuesday, July 24th 2012
AFP
           


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