Lebanese MP denies fueling unrest in Syria

08:48, April 14, 2011      

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An anti-Syrian Lebanese lawmaker denied Wednesday accusations that he was involved in financing and arming anti-government protests in Syria.

"We don't have the desire, the ability or the intent to interfere in Syrian internal affairs," parliament member Jamal Jarrah said.

Syrian television earlier has broadcast the confessions of a three-member "terrorist cell" who said "external sides," including Lebanese lawmaker Jarrah, had supplied the group with weapons.

Anas al-Kanj, who claimed he headed the cell, said in the broadcast that he had received "arms and money" from abroad, namely neighboring Lebanon, to fuel unrest.

Kanj said he was instructed "to incite people to protest, particularly outside the Ommayad Mosque in Damascus" and in towns of Daraa, Latakiah and Banias.

"This is an extension of the campaign that has started in Lebanon," Jarrah said, referring to a media campaign in Lebanon accusing the anti-Syrian March 14 coalition, particularly the outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri's Future Movement, of playing a part in the ongoing unrest in Syria.

"If they (Syrians) have evidence, let them lodge a complaint to the Lebanese state, and the Lebanese judiciary will take action," Jarrah added.

Tension between Syria and the Future Movement started since the 2005 assassination of the group's leader, Lebanese former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, which has been widely blamed on Syria, but Damascus has repeatedly denied involvement.

Source: Xinhua
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