4 October 2013, 13:41

'Erdogan doing nothing but supporting terrorists' - Assad

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Bashar al-Assad

Bashar al-Assad

In a television interview broadcast Friday, President Bashar Assad again denied having perpetrated an August 21 chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of Damascus and warned Turkey that it will "pay dearly" for rebel support in Syria. 

“Syria’s chemical arsenal - to be destroyed under a United Nations resolution - were in the hands of “special forces” who were the only ones capable of using them, Syrian President Bashar Assad told opposition Turkish channel Halk TV on Friday.

“Preparing these weapons is a complex technical operation... and a special procedure is necessary to use them which requires a central order from the army chief of staff. As a result it is impossible that they were used,” he said.

A team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations has been tasked with implementing the UN resolution to destroy the banned arsenal by mid-2014.

Assad also warned Turkey that it will "pay dearly" for supporting rebels fighting to overthrow his regime.

"In the near future these terrorists will have an impact on Turkey. And Turkey will pay very dearly for its contribution," Assad said.

"All that he says about Syria and its people is a heap of lies, that is all... Erdogan is doing nothing but
supporting the terrorists," said Assad.

Voice of Russia, Halk TV

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