brahimi moves further away from neutrality as broker to solve crisis in syria

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Feb 26, 2013

MOSCOW, (SANA)- UN Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is going too far in moving away from neutrality in his position as a broker to solve the crisis in Syria as he went beyond overlooking the terrorism practiced by al-Qaeda-linked takfiri groups in Syria to even justify these terrorist acts.

“Some often describe as terrorism what others see as a liberation movement, and I think the situation in Syria is similar to this,” Brahimi told English-speaking Russia Today channel.

Finding himself unable to present a description of the terrorist acts committed in Syria, Brahimi chose to please the West and the US and comply with their hostile stances towards Syria, saying “It’s an exaggeration to portray this conflict as one between the government and terrorists.”

When pressed by the interviewer’s insistence to know whether or not he views as terrorism the destruction of infrastructure taking place in Syria, Brahimi couldn’t hide his annoyance and tried to circumvent the question.

“I don’t understand the meaning of these questions…I think our interview is going the wrong way…You want to confirm that all who is fighting against the government is a terrorist…Let’s not try to portray that all are terrorists, and it’s not so. Let’s change the subject,” said Lavrov.

Further pressed by the interviewer to answer a question about the nature of terrorism taking place in Syria, Brahimi said “Let’s make things clear. There are organizations that could be labeled as terrorist for objective reasons, and there are organizations which the government itself consider as terrorist…but in Syria the people want change in their country, and I think this is perfectly legitimate.”

Despite the fact that many of the forces conspiring against Syria have admitted to sending weapons and terrorists to Syria under the name of ‘jihadists’, Brahimi considered this as a secondary and not a central issue, making light of the number of terrorists coming across the border.

“Yes, there are foreigners in Syria…no more than a few hundreds or around two thousands…so, there’s no need to say that the foreigners are standing against the Syrian government, because this is false,” said Brahimi.

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