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Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:26PM
Armed Syrian rebels pose with their weapons in a location on the outskirts of the city of Idlib in northwestern Syria on June 18, 2012.

Armed Syrian rebels pose with their weapons in a location on the outskirts of the city of Idlib in northwestern Syria on June 18, 2012.

The Western powers seek to increase instability in this critical and strategic region.” Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission
A senior Iranian lawmaker has lashed out at the Western powers for their schemes aimed at destabilizing the Middle East against the backdrop of the ensuing Syrian crisis and the growing tide of Arab uprisings across the region. “The Western powers seek to increase instability in this critical and strategic region,” said Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, at a Tuesday meeting with Deputy Head of Iran-China Parliamentary Friendship Association Xua Li Ming. He was alluding to the tide of popular uprisings and revolutions across the Arab world as well as the exacerbating unrest in Syria. “Iran’s policy with regard to the regional developments is to maintain peace and stability and prevent the spread of instability in the region,” he pointed out. Xua, for the Chinese part, stressed that the West should not be allowed to jeopardize the sovereignty and national identity of the regional countries. He denounced any foreign intervention with regard to the Syrian crisis and argued that any decision about the country should be made by the Syrian themselves. Iran and China have repeatedly warned against any foreign military intervention in Syria and voiced support for the implementation of the Syrian government’s reform plan. China has vetoed two Security Council resolutions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Since mid-March 2011, Syria has been experiencing unrest. While the West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of the killings, Damascus blames ''outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups'' for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad. ASH/PKH/MA