DAMASCUS, (SANA)- Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Monday stressed Syria's stance that any chemical or biological weapons will never ever be used during the crisis in Syria notwithstanding the developments inside the country.
A statement by the Ministry, read by spokesman Dr. Jihad Makdissi in a press conference, said that such weapons stocks are secured and directly monitored by the Syrian Armed Forces and would only be used in the case of external aggression on the country.
The Ministry made clear that it has followed with concern the proceedings of the political and media campaign directed against Syria, stressing that this campaign aims at justifying any possible military intervention on Syria under the false claim that Damascus is using weapons of mass destruction and preparing the international public opinion for such an intervention.
"The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry has previously declared the content and details of this stance to countries which expressed concern that unconventional weapons would reach a third part," the statement added.
The Ministry, at the same time, warned of "another matter of concern" regarding the possibility of supplying the terrorist groups in Syria with arms from abroad in light of "the increasing bankruptcy".
It said the aim of such possibility is "to hit the political system in Syria through using tactical bombs or mines containing biological substances that would explode somewhere in a village and then accusing the Syrian forces of doing that."
The statement reiterated the Ministry's stress that this systematic political and media campaign will not at all avail to help Syria overcome its crisis.
The Ministry admonished those countries claiming concern for Syria and the Syrians "to spare their efforts and negative media campaigns to persuading those whom they back, host, fund and arm to abide by a political solution to the crisis" according to the plan of the international envoy Kofi Annan.
Answering a question on the recent events taking place in some of Damascus neighborhoods, Makdissi said that "It is clear that the Syrian army is defending the Syrians and that we are in state of self-defense. There might be clashes in certain areas but the security situation is much more better."
He added that the state will respond to those who carry weapons in the same way, stressing that doors are open those who call for dialogue and adopt political solution.
Makdissi assured those who left their houses that it is an urgent situation that will not last for more than two days before everything is back to normal, adding that Damascus Governorate is cooperating with charity organizations to provide help for those people.
Regarding news on armed terrorist groups taking control of border crossings withTurkey and Iraq, Makdissi said that the last to be liberated are two border crossings which were already abandoned and out of service since last June.
Commenting on the statement of the Arab Ministerial Committee in Doha, Makdissi said that changing Annan's mission is not at the hands of the Arabs, underlining that talking about transitional power system constitutes a flagrant interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.
Makdissi regretted the Arab League immoral way in dealing with a founding state and instead of helping Syria, they are complicating more the situation.
He said that the Syrian people is the one to decide the future of country and the decisive factor is the ballot boxes and sitting down for dialogue serving Syria's interests and not others'.
Makdissi said that "If these Arab countries are honest in their keenness on the Syrian blood, then they should stop arming and instigating against Syria because these acts can't contribute to overcoming the crisis in peaceful ways."
He added that this alleged keenness of these Arab countries is fake and proves their political hypocrisy. As for the statements of the Russian ambassador in Paris, Makdissi stressed that the Russian diplomat is to clarify his statements not the Syrian Foreign Ministry, adding that "We agreed on a political process within Annan's plan which was approved by the UN Security Council. We agreed on a political process led by Syria and the Syrians."
He highlighted that Syria didn't demand Annan's mission, but the international community pretended it wanted to help Syria, "Shifting or amending Annan's plan is entrusted to the UN Security Council," he said.
Makdissi underscored that the obstacles hindering Annan's plan are made by the sides which are funding, arming and talking about weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and making preludes for things that will not happen.
Answering a question on the external political escalation which synchronies with a visit of the US Secretary of Defense to Israel to discuss the possibility of targeting the sites of the Syrian weapons, Makdissi said that "Even though I don't know the agenda of the visit, but the reasons can't be good. Anyway, I told you that they are making a media and political campaign, we are defending ourselves. If there are such weapons, they are for defending Syria against external aggression. Any military person knows that such weapons can't be used in a guerilla warfare."
On the possibility of a comprehensive war taking place in the region in case Israel decided to bombard the sites of the chemical weapons in Syria, Makdissi said "Don't ask a diplomat about a war option, I don't talk about a war and, God's willing, there will not be a war."