DAMASCUS- Syria will not use any chemical weapons, if they exist, during the ongoing internal crisis in the country; Syria`s Foreign Ministry spokesman says Monday.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday broadcast on state television Syria TV, Syria`s Foreign Ministry spokesman Dr. Jihad Makdissi says the country's chemical weapons stocks are secure and would only be used in the case of a foreign attack.
“No WMD will be used against civilians and weapons are guarded by the Syrian army.” he said.
Makdissi added “Chemical weapons will not be used no matter how much violence escalates in Syria.”
Makdissi said that the Syrian people are sovereign and the one to decide their county's future, adding that national dialogue results are to be committed to.
"All who take up weapons in the face of the state can't be responded to except in the same way," he said, adding that the doors are open to all who call for dialogue.
Press reports said that there has been widespread concern that Syria's stocks of chemical weapons could fall into the hands of the rebels fighting the government, some of whom are believed to have links to al-Qaida.
There was also concern the weapons might be used to defend the regime, reports added.
Fears grow over Syria’s chemical weapon arsenal as Nawaf Fares, a one-time President Bashar al-Assad stalwart who fled his post as ambassador to Baghdad last week and also a former senior security official in Damascus, told the BBC that his former boss was like “a wounded wolf, and cornered”.
He added: “There is information, unconfirmed, that chemical weapons have been used partially in the city of Homs.
“I have absolute conviction that if the circle of the Syrian people became tighter on the regime, the regime will not hesitate to use chemical weapons.”
Syria is believed to have one of the largest stockpiles of chemical weapons in the world, including the nerve gases VX and Sarin as well as mustard gas and cyanide.