Syria vows reforms, blames outsiders for unrest

By REUTERS
October 7, 2011 11:29

 
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GENEVA - Syria, pledging to pursue democratic reforms, accused foreign powers on Friday of arming demonstrators and the media of waging a propaganda war against Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told the UN Human Rights Council that more than 1,100 security personnel had been killed in the unrest. He was speaking a day after the United Nations said the overall death toll since March exceeded 2,900.

But he added: "We are facing hegemony by the West and the United States and its protege Israel in our region...Syria today is the target of terrorist threats.

"Security forces have become martyrs. Over 1,100 have been killed by the terrorists who are supplied with arms by some of our neighboring countries," he said.

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