The Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Iran to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Dr Alireza Kazemi, called on the organization to pay attention to the considerations and rights of Syria, expressing satisfaction with the Syrian government’s constructive cooperation with it.
“The OPCW is a specialized body whose agenda and scope of duties have been defined, and therefore the efforts of some Western countries to raise political issues outside the organization’s agenda will make it politicized and polarized,” Kazemi said at the 99th meeting of the organization’s executive council.
He stressed that “the United States, as the sole holder of chemical weapons, must destroy its arsenal as soon as possible.”
The 99th meeting of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons began its work yesterday at the organization’s headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, and continues until tomorrow.
Ambassador Milad Attia
For his part, Syrian Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the OPCW, Ambassador Milad Attia, affirmed on Tuesday that the continued politicization of the work of the OPCW by the U.S.. some Western countries and Turkey puts its ability to carry out its mandate under the Chemical Weapons Convention to the test and threatens its future.
“The Syrian Arab Republic affirms that the behavior of some parties, led by the US, some Western countries and Turkey, in covering up the crimes and practices of terrorist groups in Syria has encouraged those terrorists to commit more heinous crimes against Syrian citizens, including the use of toxic materials over the past eight years to accuse the Syrian government,” Ambassador Attia added in a statement at the opening session of the 99th session of the OPCW Executive Council.
He criticized the imposition of immoral unilateral coercive measures against Russia and sending all kinds of weapons and mercenaries, including terrorists in Syria, to Ukraine without taking into account the dangers of these policies and their threat to international peace and security.
“The United States and its Western allies have no right to talk about interference in the internal affairs of other countries because their modern and contemporary history is full of acts of aggression, invasion, intervention, and terrorism that displaced and killed millions of innocent victims in many countries of this world,” he said.
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