A senior Iranian lawmaker has censured the US plan to impose a no-fly zone over Syria, saying Washington has so far failed to make political changes in the Arab country.
“The US is trying to make changes in Syria’s political structure by making use of Europe’s capacity and provoking certain Arab countries but it has so far failed to achieve a success,” Chairman of the Majlis (parliament) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi told IRNA ahead of his departure for Syria on Saturday.
It is only the UN Security Council’s duty to raise issues including imposing a no-fly zone and the US should not interfere in such matters, he added.
The Iranian legislator emphasized that the US should not deprive other countries of their rights.
Boroujerdi pointed to the latest developments in Syria and added that the Syrian people maintained their vigilance and succeeded in inflicting another defeat on the US.
He stressed the importance of discussing the Syria unrest during the forthcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran, saying the meeting would be a “very good chance” for the bloc’s member states to make a common decision and find an immediate solution to the country’s crisis.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus blames ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists’ for the unrest and deadly violence, but the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed insurgents are foreign nationals.
On Thursday, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Tehran would present a “rational and acceptable” proposal to resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria during the next week’s NAM summit.
“During the Non-Aligned Movement summit, the Islamic Republic of Iran will discuss a proposal on Syria with participating countries,” Salehi said.
He added that Iran believes the proposal is acceptable, rational and principled which will be very difficult to oppose and that it will include all parties.