Syria denies accepting EU troops

Syria has said that it did not accept the deployment of European guards on the Lebanese side of the two countries' border to help prevent alleged arms shipments to Hezbollah.

    Al-Assad says he did not accept EU help

    On Saturday, the official news agency SANA, said: "There is no truth to news reports of Syria's acceptance of European border guards to monitor the border from Lebanon."

    Romano Prodi, the Italian prime minister, earlier said Syria had agreed in principle to allow unarmed European Union personnel to patrol its border with Lebanon.

    SANA did not say whether the force it was referring to was armed.

    The agency said Prodi has offered Italian assistance to beef up Syrian border police in a phone call with Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, on Monday. It did not say whether Syria would accept such help.

    Prodi has telephoned al-Assad several times since the recent Israeli invasion of south Lebanon, which started after Hezbollah, which Syria supports, captured two Israeli soldiers on June 12.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The man we call 'Salman Rushdie' today is not the brilliant author of the Satanic Verses, but a Picassoesque imposter.

    The Beirut Spy: Shula Cohen

    The Beirut Spy: Shula Cohen

    The story of Shula Cohen, aka The Pearl, who spied for the Israelis in Lebanon for 14 years.