Syrian state media calls UN envoy "puppet of the West"
Syria's state-run media Thursday lashed out at United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, calling him a "puppet" of the West after he criticized a plan by President Bashar al-Assad to end the country's nearly two-year conflict, reported dpa.
"Why didn't Mr. Brahimi, when he visited Syria last month, express such views to President al-Assad? He waited until he got his instructions from the Western countries and made his statement on Wednesday," Syrian television said.
Al Watan, a state-run newspaper, said Brahimi "has taken off the mask of impartiality he has worn" since he was appointed for the mission in August.