Bassam Sabbagh, Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, reiterated Syria’s rejection of the use of the OPCW by the occidental states to achieve malign and hostile goals, including these countries’ insistence on politicizing the “Chemical File” and their cover-up of the practices committed by the terrorist groups against Syrian citizens and their manipulation of the provisions of the prohibition convention to create illegal mechanisms.
Sabbagh said before the Security Council on the “Chemical File” in Syria, “Once again, the Security Council is discussing this issue in the absence of any developments that warrant this discussion, except to find another opportunity for some well-known countries, led by the United States of America, to repeat their accusatory narratives against Syria, which represents a waste of time and resources that should be better invested.”
“Syria’s 00. Since its voluntary accession to the Convention in 2013, Syria has provided full cooperation with the OPCW, as evidenced by the complete destruction of its stockpiles of chemical weapons and their production facilities in a record time. It has become known to all that countries such as the United States, France and the United Kingdome deliberately resort to ignoring this fact for destructive political purposes, which they have worked for since 2011 until now, intending to undermine security and stability in Syria and destroy its capabilities, including through the use of terrorist organizations and the fabrication of accidents of use of chemical weapons”, he added.
“The false accusations made by these countries against Syria have no legal or professional basis and fall within the framework of the hostile propaganda they are waging against my country. Whoever urges Syria to abide by the CWC must first urge other countries that violate the same convention to abide by it by preventing those countries from facilitating their delivery of chemical weapons and toxic chemicals to the hands of terrorist organizations and holding them accountable for the crimes they committed against the Syrian people, including through the use of chemical weapons or its fabrication. The many information provided by Syria in this regard, which was not investigated, is proof of this,” Sabbagh said in his statement.
In his response to the U.S. representative remarks, Sabbagh said,” The representative of the United States, instead of lecturing us on Syria’s implementation of its obligations under the CWC, should have urged his government to expedite the implementation of its obligations under the CWC, which has been stalling, for years now, in destroying its huge arsenal of chemical weapons under flimsy pretexts.”
Sabbagh stated, ” Some on this board argue that the OPCW’s teams are doing their work professionally and in an impartial manner! The question is, how is that? Is the fact-finding mission team’s receipt of samples from unknown, even suspicious entities, an act of professionalism under the Convention? Is following discriminatory work methods according to the party requesting the investigation of the incident a neutral and professional method? Do the reports submitted by these groups serve the political agendas of some countries – including covering up military aggression carried out by three member states of this Council against my country – give them any credibility? Does the delay in issuing reports on the incidents reported by Syria since 2017 until now, in contrast to the hasty issuance of reports on incidents reported by other parties, indicates the presence of the slightest degree of impartiality or professionalism?”.
He stressed that “Syria reiterates its welcoming to the holding of the twenty-fifth round of consultations for the Declaration Assessment Team (DAT), and confirms that it does not set conditions for holding this round and that the Technical Secretariat must acknowledge Syria’s good faith that it has not prevented any team or employee from entering its territory over the past nine years, and also calls on it not to Disrupting the important work of the Declaration Assessment Team (DAT) and holding him hostage to the granting of a visa to one expert we have reservations about his conduct, and the OPCW has many more instead of him.”
“My delegation assures the member states of this Council that all issues discussed by the Declaration Assessment Team (DAT) are still under review and consultation between Syria and the Technical Secretariat, and there are no final conclusions regarding them yet. Therefore, we deplore the insistence of some countries on ignoring these clarifications, and hastening to level accusations against Syria, and to present statements that are incorrect and baseless, and do not correspond to reality,” Sabbagh noted.
“Regarding the upcoming high-level meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates – Chairman of the Syrian National Authority and the Director-General of the OPCW, Syria affirms its keenness to hold this meeting as soon as possible, according to an agenda agreed upon by the two sides that contributes to resolving the outstanding issues between them. In this regard, it was noted that the Technical Secretariat.
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