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Syria accuses Turkey anew of facilitating terrorism

The Syrian government on Sunday renewed accusations of Turkey for supporting armed groups, including al-Qaida fighters, and facilitating their inroads into Syria.

"It's regrettable that the Turkish government has for long pretended to be fighting terrorism, while at the same time supporting the armed terrorist elements and open its borders and airports for those elements to carry out terrorist acts against the Syrian people," Syria's Foreign Ministry said Sunday in letters sent to UN officials and carried by the state-run SANA news agency.

It said that the Turkish government has allowed thousands of " murderers" and "terrorists from al-Qaida and other Takfiri groups" to enter Syria to spread anarchy and destruction.

The ministry said Turkey was not satisfied with only hosting the anti-Syria organizations but set up training camps for those " terrorists."

In the letter, the ministry cited what it described as " international media reports" as exposing that Turkey has received tons of weaponries from Libya and elsewhere in order to deliver them to the al-Qaida fighters and other jihadists already operative in Syria.

It said that such moves are "flagrant defiance" to the resolutions of the UN in that regard.

The ministry called on the UN Security Council to immediately investigate the "dangerous" information which "are not secret anymore and published by many foreign and international media" in order to put an end to these violations and punish their perpetrators, funders and supporters.

[Source: Xinhua, Damascus, 16Sep12]

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