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Iran Press TV

Syria urges militants to lay down arms

Iran Press TV

Sun Apr 7, 2013 8:43PM GMT

The Syrian government has called on the armed foreign-sponsored militants to lay down their weapons or face the consequences.

The government made the demand on Sunday in a in a text message sent to people across the Arab country, Xinhua news agency reported.

It said that 'to all those carrying weapons against the state, be rational and quick to lay down weapons because the men of the Syrian army are coming.'

'Our duty is to protect the homeland, and confronting terrorism is a national and legitimate duty,' the message said.

The warning came as the Syrian forces continue mop-up operations against the foreign-backed militants across the country.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of Army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government has said that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and that a very large number of the militants operating in the country are foreign nationals.

Several international human rights organizations have accused foreign-sponsored militants of committing war crimes.

In an interview recently broadcast on Turkish television, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that "Turkey's government officially harbors terrorists and sends them into Syria. They're also crossing over from Jordan.'

Assad also warned that if Syria is partitioned, or if terrorist forces take control of the country, the conflict will spill over into the neighboring countries and engulf the entire region for decades.

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