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File photo shows militants in Syria.

File photo shows militants in Syria.

Iranian lawmaker Mousa Qazanfarabadi says Turkey’s interference in the ongoing crisis in Syria is in violation of the international law and conventions. “The Turkish government’s measures with regards to Syria are against the international law and conventions and Ankara should put an end to these acts as soon as possible in order not to be hated more by the Syrian public opinion,” Qazanfarabadi said on Saturday. The Iranian lawmaker went on to say that Ankara has become an accomplice to the West’s interventionist policies in order to make trivial and temporary profits, but in the long term, the Turkish government will lose its credibility among the regional people. The lawmaker further noted that many of the Western supporters of the militants in Syria have withdrawn from their previous stances after they saw that the Syrian army could successfully locate and annihilate terrorist groups. Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence. The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. On February 15, the Syrian government sent a letter to the United Nations, blasting Turkey's "destructive" role in the conflict that has ravaged the country for the past 23 months. In the letter, the Syrian Foreign Ministry accused Ankara of publicly supporting and financing militants fighting against the Syrian government and allowing its soil to be used for training and housing anti-Damascus terrorist groups. It also accused Turkey of taking "increasingly hostile stances towards Syria, by blocking measures taken by Damascus for a political solution to end the unrest." TNP/SS/SL
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