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Syria Warns Terrorists May Use Chemical Weapons to Frame Syrian Army

Foreign Ministry says such use may be used as a pretext for war
Syria Warns Terrorists May Use Chemical Weapons to Frame Syrian Army

The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry has warned that some regional and international parties hostile to Syria are issuing false allegations about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Army.


The ministry said that the claims are being made following achievements by the Syrian Arab Army in routing terrorist organizations in Damascus Countryside, Hama’s northern countryside, and other areas.


In a statement on Sunday, the ministry said that the Syrian Arab Republic repeatedly stated that it has never and never will use chemical weapons under any context. Syria has also warned that some parties in the region and the world are conspiring against it and might provide chemical weapons to terrorist organizations to be used against the Syrian people and frame the Syrian Arab Army for the attacks, similar to what happened in Khan al-Assal in Aleppo and in Ghouta in Damascus Countryside last year, the ministry said.


The statement said that this scenario would be an attempt to fabricate a pretext to wage premeditated war on Syria, particularly after Syria’s response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s initiative in 2013, which foiled the aggression prepared for Syria.


The Foreign Ministry’s statement asserted that Syria has fulfilled its commitments in the framework of its joining the Chemical Weapons Convention and affirms that it has become free of this sort of weapon after its full cooperation with the joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations.


The statement said Syria expects the international community to reject the false pretexts that exploit the issue of chemical weapons and to focus instead on counterterrorism and exercising pressure on terrorism backers to cease their arming, funding, and harboring of terrorists in order to preserve peace and security in the region and the world.


Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer


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