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spindrifter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-23-06 02:48 PM
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Syria's Response to Condi's Dismissive Remarks
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http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&ca...

Syria to enter conflict if Lebanon invaded: minister

By Agence France Presse (AFP)

Sunday, July 23, 2006

MADRID, July 23, 2006 (AFP) - A Syrian minister warned Israel in an interview published Sunday that a major ground incursion into Lebanon would draw his country into the Middle East conflict.

"If Israel makes a land entry into Lebanon, they can get to within 20 kilometres (12 miles) of Damascus," Information Minister Moshen Bilal told the Spanish newspaper ABC.

"What will we do? Stand by with our arms folded? Absolutely not. Without any doubt Syria will intervene in the conflict." Bilal said Syria wanted above all a ceasefire "as soon as possible" combined with a prisoner exchange and indicated he was working to that end with Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, whom he met in recent days in Madrid.

But he added: "I repeat, if Israel makes a land invasion of Lebanon and gets near us, Syria will not stand by with arms folded. It will enter the conflict." Israel has said it wants to push Hezbollah militias 20 kilometres north of its border.

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The title, of course, refers to Condi's remark, "Syria knows what it needs to do."
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