Hungary denies selling weapons to Syrian opposition

2012-11-07 00:07:10 GMT2012-11-07 08:07:10(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Hungary's foreign and defense ministries on Tuesday issued a statement denying any involvement in weapon supply to the Syrian opposition.

The ministries were reacting to claims made earlier in the day by Imre Ivancsik, Socialist deputy chair of the defense committee of the parliament, that Hungarian companies may have supplied weapons to the Syrian opposition.

Ivancsik referred to reports by Public Russian television channel Rossiya 24 which cited an Egyptian businessman as saying that Hungarian and Bulgarian companies sold arms to Turkish companies with Syrian opposition forces among their clients.

The ministries' statement said Hungary firmly opposes to violence on all levels, and supports the efforts of Lahdar Brahimi, special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League, to stop the bloodshed and reach a peaceful settlement in Syria. It went on to add that arms, hunting rifles which had been repaired under guarantee in Hungary, had been legally exported to Turkey on a single occasion during the past two years.

The Syrian conflict has so far seen tens of thousands of victims since government security forces began cracking down on unrest last March.

Editor: Yu Runze
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