UN accuses Syria of failing to reply for chemical weapons program

The United Nation’s high consultant for disarmament advised the Security Council on Wednesday that Syria has failed to supply full solutions on its historical past with chemical weapons.

Damascus’ transparency file stays incomplete, Izumi Nakamitsu advised the worldwide physique on Wednesday.

Nakamitsu stated the Bashar al-Assad authorities has submitted 17 amendments and several other supplementary paperwork to its unique weapons declaration, however nonetheless has left 20 out of 24 requests for disclosure unresolved since a 2013 settlement to rid the nation of chemical weapons.

“Full cooperation by the Syrian Arab Republic with the OPCW [Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] Technical Secretariat is essential to closing these outstanding issues,” she stated.

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield known as out Damascus through the session on Wednesday, urging the worldwide physique to not “be fooled by Syria’s veneer of cooperation while it continues obfuscating the narrative.”

“The Assad regime has not been candid or forthcoming with the OPCW, despite the tireless efforts by the OPCW to engage Syria to resolve these issues,” Greenfield stated. “For nearly nine months, Syria has prevented the next round of consultations with the Declaration Assessment Team from occurring in Syria. It has also failed to accept the alternative solution proposed by the OPCW to hold a limited set of meetings in The Hague.” 

Nicolas de Riviere, France’s ambassador to the UN, lambasted Damascus for committing “crimes against humanity” by deploying chemical weapons in Syria’s civil warfare whereas failing to adjust to OPCW investigations after agreeing to disarm.

Ireland’s consultant additionally sought to emphasise the seriousness of the issue. “Syria cannot pick and choose which of its legal obligations it is willing to accept,” Geraldine Nason stated. 

Syria signed a deal to do away with its chemical weapons stockpile underneath a world settlement pushed by Russia and the United States in 2013. The Assad regime didn’t acknowledge it had a chemical weapons program, however now claims it has totally complied with the disarmament deal.

In May, disarmament chief Nakamitsu revealed that investigators had found a big stockpile of undisclosed chemical brokers utilized in weapons manufacturing in September 2020. The Syrian authorities denied the cost, however the OPCW dismissed the denial.

In July, Syria’s authorities reported that chemical weapons proof it was obliged to protect at an underground storage website had been destroyed by a June 8 Israeli airstrike. The OPCW has requested documentation, however the Assad regime has not offered it.

Syria has additionally refused to grant an entry visa to certainly one of OPCW’s declaration evaluation group, Nakamitsu stated.

The OPCW has concluded that the Syrian authorities was doubtless behind chemical weapon assaults that killed civilians in 2017 and 2018. The physique took the unprecedented step in April of eradicating Syria’s voting rights in response to its non-compliance.

Syria’s consultant to the UN dismissed the considerations on Wednesday, blaming Western disinformation and accusing the OPCW’s technical secretariat of being a part of a Western plot.

Russia’s consultant, Dmitry Polyanskiy, additionally dismissed the allegations, calling Syria’s use of chemical weapons a “fairy tale.”

Russia has been President Bashar al-Assad’s strongest supporter in Syria’s civil warfare.


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