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Monday, April 19, 2010

U.S. condemns possible Syrian transfer of SCUDS to Hezbollah

"The United States condemns in the strongest terms the transfer of any arms, and especially ballistic missile systems such as the SCUD, from Syria to Hezbollah," the statement, issued by State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid, said.

The State Department said this was the fourth time in recent months that Washington has raised the issue with the Syrian Embassy.

The U.S. statement was a strong warning to Damascus, saying that weapons transfers were an obstacle to the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians and noting that Syria's designation as a "state sponsor of terrorism" was tied to its support for groups such as Hezbollah.

"We call for an immediate cessation of any arms transfers to Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations in the region."

"We wouldn't have called them in if we didn't think something was going on," the [U.S.]official said.
-- Reuters  April 19, 2010