Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations, says the country’s sovereignty “is a red line that must not be crossed”.
“We know our commitments, our obligations but at the same time we know what are our rights. And our rights do not stem from any political pressure. They stem from our own political will,” he said after sessions at the United Nations Security Council in New York.
Jaafari, back in New York from meetings with Assad government officials in Damascus, sparked diplomatic fury by comparing the deadly unrest to the riots in Britain, adding that anti-government groups had killed 500 Syrian security forces.