DAMASCUS, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Syria's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that talks about the political and constitutional legitimacy in Syria is an "exclusive" right of the Syrian people.
In a statement carried by the state-run SANA news agency, the ministry said that the United States and its allies can't force their will on the Syrian people.
"In a new confirmation about the size of their involvement in the Syrian crisis and their feverish resolve to impose their will and agendas on the Syrian people, the foreign ministers of the United States, France and Britain have tried to promote their contradictory stances through trying to reconcile between their support of terrorism and their allegations about supporting the political process in Syria," the ministry said.
A day earlier, Britain, France and the United States agreed to seek a "tough" UN resolution against Syria over its use and stockpile of chemical weapons.
During talks in Paris, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague also announced the organization of a "major international gathering" next week in New York to seek further support to the Syrian National Coalition, the main Syrian opposition coalition abroad.
"In order to negotiate a political solution, we need a stronger position," Fabius said, adding that "we therefore intend to strengthen our support to Syrian national coalition rebels. If you want to change the Assad regime without falling in the hands of the terrorists, you have to support the moderate opposition."
Meanwhile, the Syrian Foreign Ministry stressed that "President Bashar al-Assad is the legitimate president that the Syrian people have chosen and will remain so as long as the people of Syria want. "
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UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The highly anticipated UN report confirming the use of chemical weapons in Syria on Aug. 21 killing hundreds of people is only five pages long but has unleashed uncountable words of argument.
The report itself was never intended to point fingers, only to determine if chemical weapons were used. Now the debate is in high pitch, with each side citing aspects of the report that buttresses their argument. The divide is classically East-West. Full story