US con­demns As­sad’s ‘de­fi­ance’ on chem­i­cal weapons use

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE White House con­demned the As­sad regime’s “de­fi­ance” of in­ter­na­tional norms af­ter United Na­tions ex­perts found the Syr­ian army had con­ducted three chem­i­cal weapons at­tacks against its own peo­ple in 2014 and 2015.

Of the nine al­leged chem­i­cal at­tacks it is con­sid­er­ing in its on­go­ing probe, the UN-led joint in­ves­tiga­tive mech­a­nism has now at­trib­uted three to the Syr­ian govern­ment and one to the Is­lamic State group.

“We con­demn in the strong­est pos­si­ble terms the As­sad regime’s de­fi­ance of the long­stand­ing global norm against chem­i­cal weapons use and Syria’s ab­ro­ga­tion of its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties un­der the Chem­i­cal Weapons Con­ven­tion, which it joined in 2013,” Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil spokesper­son Ned Price said.

“The Syr­ian regime has vi­o­lated the Chem­i­cal Weapons Con­ven­tion and UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2118 by us­ing in­dus­trial chlo­rine as a weapon against its own peo­ple.”

He warned the United States was con­tin­u­ing to work with its al­lies to hold those re­spon­si­ble to ac­count.

“We strongly urge all UN mem­ber states and par­ties to the Chem­i­cal Weapons Con­ven­tion, in­clud­ing Rus­sia and Iran, which con­tinue to con­duct mil­i­tary oper­a­tions on be­half of the As­sad regime, to un­equiv­o­cally sup­port these ef­forts and sus­tain our shared com­mit­ment to the in­ter­na­tional stan­dard against chem­i­cal weapons use.”

Wash­ing­ton and Moscow are in the midst of a diplo­matic spat over Rus­sian sup­port for the As­sad regime, with re­la­tions reach­ing a new low not seen since the Cold War. –

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