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People look on as others bury the victims of the Houla massacre in Syria, May 26, 2012.

People look on as others bury the victims of the Houla massacre in Syria, May 26, 2012.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the foreign countries that are supporting the terrorists in Syria must stop and defend the Syrian people instead. Amir-Abdollahian said on Thursday that the responsibility of the massacre in the village of al-Qubeir in Syria’s province of Hama, lies with those parties who claim to be defending the Syrian people but are in practice supporting the terrorists in this country. He also described the recent carnage as an 'organized crime against humanity.' “Supporting the terrorists in Syria is a failed measure, at odds with the rights of the Syrian people and a threat to the regional and global peace and security,” Amir-Abdollahian said. The comments by the Iranian official came after the foreign ministers of several countries, including Qatar, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Britain and the United States, met on the sidelines of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF) held in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Wednesday. The foreign ministers focused on the Syrian issue during the meeting and announced in a statement that they agreed to provide support to the Syrian opposition. “They (GCTF participants) welcomed the proposal by France to host the next meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People in Paris in the beginning of July,” the Istanbul statement said. Turkey hosted the second so-called “Friends of Syria” meeting in Istanbul on April 1. The first meeting of the group was held in Tunisia on February 24. Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011 and many people, including security forces, have lost their lives in the violence. The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing the protesters, but Damascus blames ''outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups'' for the unrest, stating that it is being orchestrated from abroad. HMV/MP/HJL/IS
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