Syria is "genuinely worried" that some countries might equip
extremist groups with chemical weapons and then claim they
were used by the Syrian government, the country's UN envoy
said in a letter to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the Security
Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari also accused the U.S.
government of supporting "terrorists" in Syria and waging a
campaign that claims Syria could use chemical weapons in the
20-month-old civil war that has killed at least 40,000
The United States says it is sending only humanitarian aid
and nonlethal assistance to Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad's opponents, but acknowledges some allies are arming
Assad's government accuses Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, the
United States and other Western governments of supporting and
arming the rebels, an allegation the governments deny.
"We have repeatedly stated publicly and through diplomatic
channels that Syria will not under any circumstances use any
chemical weapons that it may have, because it is defending
its people from terrorists backed by well-known states, at
the forefront of which is the United States of America,"
"We are genuinely worried that certain states that support
terrorism and terrorists could provide the armed terrorist
groups with chemical weapons, and then claim they had been
used by the Syrian Government," he wrote in the letter which
was dated Dec. 8 but made public on Monday.
Damascus has accused Western powers of backing what it says
is a Sunni Islamist "terrorist" campaign to topple Assad, a
member of the minority Alawite sect affiliated with Shi'ite
It has said that U.S. and European concerns about Assad's
forces possibly resorting to chemical weapons could serve as
a pretext for preparing military intervention. Western
military experts say Syria has four suspected chemical
weapons sites, and it can produce chemical weapons agents
including mustard gas and sarin, and possibly also VX nerve
"States such as the United States of America that have used
chemical and similar weapons are in no position to launch
such a campaign, particularly because, in 2003, they used the
pretext of Iraq having weapons of mass destruction in order
to justify their invasion and occupation," Ja'afari wrote.
"Since the issue was raised, Syria has stated countless times
that it will not under any circumstances use any chemical
weapons that it may have against its own people," he said.
"The Government of the Syrian Arab Republic warns that the
terrorist groups could use those weapons against the Syrian
Ban expressed alarm on Sunday at the worsening violence in
Syria, including the reported mass killing of Alawites and
alleged firing of long-range missiles on Syrian territory,
Ban's spokesman said.
He spoke to Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem on
Monday morning to voice his particular concern over reports
of Syrian fighter jets bombing the Palestinian Yarmouk camp
in Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 25 people.
The foreign minister told Ban that Palestinians should not
offer "shelter or assistance to terrorist groups" in the
Yarmouk refugee camp, state television said on Monday.
The 15-member UN Security Council has been incapable of
taking any meaningful action in the conflict. Veto powers
Russia and China refuse to condemn Assad or support