Syria storms out of UN rights meeting

By REUTERS
February 28, 2012 15:41

GENEVA - Syria's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva stormed out of the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday after angrily demanding that countries stop "inciting sectarianism and providing arms" to opposition forces in the country.

Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui said sanctions were preventing Damascus from buying medicines and fuel and then abruptly left the Geneva forum's emergency debate called at the request of Gulf countries and Turkey, and backed by the West.

"We reaffirm to all those alleged friends of the Syrian people that the simple step to immediately help the Syrian people is to stop inciting sectarianism, providing arms and weapons and funding and putting the Syrian people one against the other," he said.

"Unjust and unilateral sanctions imposed by some countries on the Syrian people are preventing access to medicines, to fuel in all forms as well as electricity, and are also impeding bank transfers to buy these materials," he said.


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