New York / Muhammed Tariq / Anatolia
On Wednesday, the United Nations called on the Syrian regime to fully cooperate with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
This came during the review by the High Representative of the Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu, the 98th monthly report of the Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Syria’s chemical program, at a session of the UN Security Council at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
The report, which covers the period from October 24 to November 23, deals with the activities of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in implementing Security Council Resolution 2118 of 2013 regarding the elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons program.
“I share Secretary-General (Antonio Guterres) his repeated assertions before, that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable anywhere, under any circumstance and by any party, and impunity for their users is unacceptable,” Nakamitsu said in her testimony.
She added, “The Syrian government must cooperate fully with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and all those who used chemical weapons must be identified and held accountable.”
Nakamitsu told council members that the Syrian regime’s announcement of ending its chemical program was “inaccurate and incomplete, and that there are gaps and inconsistencies in information that are inconsistent with the requirements of Council Resolution No. 2118.”
In turn, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Vassily Nebizia, said that the OPCW report was “full of clear manipulation, fraud and disinformation motivated by political considerations.”
He said in his testimony during the session, “Unfortunately, the report is replete with false information and contains a lot of inconsistency and discrepancy, and that the Technical Secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has no right to submit politicized demands to Syria.”
On the other hand, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Ambassador Richard Mills, said in his testimony during the session: “We deeply regret Syria’s failure to fulfill its obligations, and we also regret its continued and flagrant disregard for all of our calls to stop the use of chemical weapons and to fully disclose and eliminate its program.” It can be verified.
“Both the (Bashar) Assad regime and its backers, particularly Russia, should know that the United States will continue to use all available tools, including sanctions, to promote accountability for the use of chemical weapons,” he added.
On September 13, 2013, the Syrian regime joined the Treaty on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and in the same month the UN Security Council adopted Resolution No. 2118 on Syrian chemical weapons, as well as the massacre committed by al-Assad forces in Eastern Ghouta just a month before the regime announced its accession to the treaty.
Article 21 of the Security Council resolution criminalizes anyone who uses chemical weapons, in accordance with Article VII of the United Nations Charter.
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