Syria renewed its call for the Middle East to be cleared of weapons of mass destruction and to pressure Israel to place all its nuclear facilities and activities under IAEA control.
The Syrian demand came from its permanent representative to the United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari, in a statement before the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security at the United Nations.
On the subject of chemical weapons, the Syrian delegate pointed out that Syria sent more than 160 letters to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Security Council, the Joint Investigation Mechanism, the 1540 Committee and the Counter-Terrorism Committees. The first message was before the first chemical attack on Khan Al in 2013 by four months.
“These messages included accurate information on the possession and use of toxic chemicals against civilians and military personnel, which were transferred from Libya after the invasion by a number of intelligence agencies of countries hostile to my country, in addition to supplying Daesh and Nusra Front with poisonous gas through the Turkish border with the direct support of the then Saudi Bandar bin Sultan.”
Jaafari revealed that one of the letters indicated that a terrorist named Haitham Katsab smuggled two liters of sarin from Libya via Turkey aboard a civilian plane that landed at Istanbul airport, and then transferred the sarin to the terrorist organizations in Syria across the Turkish-Syrian border.
“We informed the previous investigation mechanism and the Security Council through numerous letters about the Qatari government’s involvement and its support to terrorist groups that are provided with chlorine gas and other toxic chemicals in the areas controlled by those same groups,” he said.