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Moscow Opposes Introduction of No-Fly Zone in Syria.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The introduction of a no-fly zone in Syria was a "counter-productive" and a "unilateral" step, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said.

"We repeatedly pointed out at the counter-productiveness of various unilateral steps, like proposals about the creation of the humanitarian corridors and safety zones," Gatilov told reporters on Friday.

"These ideas have not been supported by the international humanitarian organizations working in Syria. These dubious ideas are not needed," he said.

The diplomat stressed that the UN Security Council did not make the decision on the imposing of a no-fly zone over Syria and was unlikely to agree with the idea, "especially after what had happened in Libya".

The no-fly zone in Libya "had been introduced in contradiction to the UN resolutions and it was actively used by the NATO countries and some of their allies to support one of the sides in the conflict", Gatilov said.

He added that the no-fly zone in Libya resulted in heavy damage to the country's infrastructure and civilian casualties.

"It is the time not for urging the introduction of the no-fly zone, but for actively implementing the declaration adopted at the Geneva meeting on June 30, which envisages the immediate stop of violence by all parties and the launch of a comprehensive political process," Gatilov said.

On Friday, the West-led so-called Friends of Syria group called in Paris for the introduction of a no-fly zone in the Muslim country.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.

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Date:Jul 7, 2012
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