Syria blasts international envoy ahead of briefing

Associated Press
Syrian soldiers at a Syrian army post as seen from the Lebanese border village of al-Qasr, Lebanon, Friday, April 12, 2013. Syrian warplanes and troops battled rebels near the border with Lebanon as part of a widening government counteroffensive to recapture territory along strategic border areas and near the capital Damascus. Written on the army post are the words “only God, Syria and Bashar” and “God is protecting Syria.” (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media are accusing the U.N.'s envoy of being a "false witness" as he prepares to brief the international body on the country's two-year old conflict.

Al-Thawra daily said Saturday that Lakhdar Brahimi has taken sides in the conflict and his briefing "will not alleviate the suffering of Syrians."

The U.N. and Arab League envoy for Syria is scheduled to address the Security Council on Thursday.

Brahimi has not been able to make progress in his mission to push forward a peace plan for Syria first presented in June at an international conference in Geneva.

He angered the Syrian government by saying in December that the four-decade rule of the Assad family had gone on "too long."

Syria accused him of interfering in its internal affairs.