Syria has asked UN to 'prevent any aggression'

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Sep 02 2013 06:55 PM | Updated as of Sep 04 2013 01:16 AM

DAMASCUS - Syria has asked the United Nations to try to "prevent any aggression" against it, state news agency SANA said Monday, as the United States weighs military action against Damascus.

"The Syrian government calls on the UN secretary general to assume his responsibilities... and to make efforts to prevent any aggression against Syria," the agency said, quoting a letter from Syria's UN representative Bashar al-Jaafari.

The letter also urged the United Nations to help seek a "peaceful political solution to the crisis" in Syria, where more than 110,000 people have been killed in violence since an uprising against the regime began in March 2011.

US President Barack Obama is seeking approval from Congress for military action against Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack on Damascus suburbs that killed hundreds of people.

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