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Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari: ‘Change – yes we can’

September 3rd, 2013
05:04 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Syria’s ambassador to the UN said his country was “fed up with wars” and called any allegations of using chemical weapons “false and unfounded” in an exclusive and combative interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“We haven't declared war to the United States or to any of our neighbors,” Bashar Ja’afari said from the United Nations. “We are not war mongers. We are not war advocates. We are a peaceful nation, a small nation, and we don’t pretend to be equally strong enough to confront the United States military.”

From the earliest days of the Syrian civil war, and President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal crackdown, Ja’afari has defended his government at the United Nations.

The United States, Britain and France say that they now have proof that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against its own people in an attack last week.

U.S. President Barack Obama is seeking congressional approval for a military strike against Syria.

“We are all victims of any escalation of the Syrian situation,” Ja’afari said. American and European claims against Assad’s regime, he said, “cannot be taken seriously and are not credible.”


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