Sabbagh: The French-Western draft resolution submitted to the OPCW conference reaffirms the aggressive intentions of some countries against Syria

New York (ST):  Syria's permanent representative to the UN, Bassam Sabbagh, has affirmed that the French-Western draft resolution presented to the OPCW conference represents another piece of evidence of the aggressive intentions of some countries against Syria, renewing calls  on member states adhering to the principles of international law to reject the project to protect the Organization against the risk of converting it from a technical organization to a platform for the United States and its allies to exert pressure and target a state party in the Convention, which will have serious repercussions on the future of its work and cooperation with it.

During a session of the Security Council  via video link, Sabbagh stressed Syria’s condemnation of the feverish pursuit of some governments to promote allegations and fabrications about what they claim as Syria's “non-compliance” with the OPCW  obligations, pointing out that the French-Western draft resolution presented to the 25th session of the Conference of States Parties in the Organization was based on the incorrect and unprofessional conclusions of the so-called illegal "Investigation and Identification Team". He noted that this project represents another piece of evidence of the continuation of these countries with their aggressive intentions against Syria and their violation of the procedural rules for working in the Organization by rejecting Russia's proposal to include the draft resolution on the agenda of the 96th session of the Executive Council for discussion before being referred to the Conference.

Sabbagh reiterated Syria's condemnation of the use of chemical weapons by anyone, at any time, place and under any circumstances and that it did not use chemical weapons, as it voluntarily joined the OPCW Convention in 2013 and worked with the Organization with diligence, credibility and transparency to implement its obligations under its accession. This resulted in the complete destruction of its stockpiles of chemical weapons and their production facilities, renewing demands that some countries stop politicizing the "chemical file" in Syria, remove it from the circle of political games, and stop the practices of pressure and blackmail.

Sabbagh indicated that Syria has committed to cooperating with the technical secretariat of the Organization to settle the remaining pending issues in its initial announcement and to close this issue permanently as soon as possible.

He added that the  88 monthly report of the Organization for the period from February 16 to March 15 included confirmation of the Syrian government's readiness to continue consultations and work with the technical secretariat, pointing also to Syria’s continued cooperation with the “fact-finding mission” and its welcome to its teams visit during the month of March and its upcoming planned visits.

The Syrian diplomat also called on those claiming to be keen on accountability and not impunity not to be blind to the crimes of terrorist groups and the aggressive practices of some countries against the Syrian people and to demand that the United States be held accountable for its crimes in the city of Raqqa and for its flagrant violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian territories in 2017 with its missile aggression against the Sha'rat air base that was targeted  with 59 Tomahawk missiles under the pretext of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun and even before any investigation was carried out, indicating that Washington, in order to justify its aggression, resorted later to employing unprofessional conclusions for the joint investigation mission, whose work was characterized by serious flaws that led to the end of its term.

K.Q.

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