Syria says it could be scapegoat of chemical weapon use

Last updated 07:02 18/12/2012

Relevant offers

World

Dozens of hearses needed as Brazil's Chapecoense plane crash victims begin final journey US grandmother finds mummified body of grandson in her attic 18 dead as bus plunges into lake in China Parents of murdered Australian man racked with guilt over son's drug addiction 'It was freaking out': Aussie mates stumble onto lost baby penguin in stormwater drain Teenager Brandy Vela kills herself in front of family after 'relentless' bullying Calls for execution of woman in Saudi Arabia pictured without hijab Colombia crash survivor Helio Neto will play soccer again, father says Princess Cruises to pay record-breaking criminal fine for ocean pollution 'Kidnap consultant' filmed eerily similar video to Sherri Papini case four years ago

Syria's UN ambassador is warning that extremist groups could use chemical weapons against the Syrian people and blame the government.

Bashar Ja'afari reiterated in letters to the UN Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, circulated on Monday (local time), that "Syria will not under any circumstances use any chemical weapons that it may have".

But Ja'afari said the government - which refers to opposition fighters as "terrorists" - is "genuinely worried" that countries supporting "terrorism and terrorists" could provide chemical weapons to armed groups "and then claim they had been used by the Syrian government".

He quoted a report in the Turkish newspaper Yurt that al Qaeda members are producing chemical weapons in a laboratory near the Turkish city of Gaziantep "that they are threatening to use against Syrian civilians."

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content