Statement by Ambassador Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari at the Security Council Session on Chemical Weapons

5 November، 2018
New York-Sana Arabic

Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, said during a meeting of the UN Security Council that Western countries are continuing to blackmail United Nations forums to cover crimes committed against the Syrian people and to conceal the crimes of terrorist groups.

Al-Jaafari said the discovery of mass graves in the city of Raqqa increased the number of martyrs to 4000 from the bombing of the international coalition, exposing the truth and barbarity of the crimes of this alliance. Again, Syria calls on the Security Council to act to stop the crimes and the international coalition and to end the illegal aggressive presence of the US and other foreign forces on its territory.

He added that Syria was committed to the disarmament of weapons of mass destruction and had submitted at the end of 2003, during its membership in the Security Council, an initiative to cleanse the Middle East of these weapons, but the United States delegation threatened to veto the draft resolution.

Al-Jaafari pointed out that Syria calls for Israel to accede to the Non- Proliferation Treaty and to place all its nuclear facilities and activities under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Al-Jaafari stressed that Syria has fulfilled its obligations arising from its accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention and its obligations under Security Council resolution 2118 of 2013 and is keen to deal positively, transparently and flexibly in this regard. He pointed out that the countries that called for today’s meeting of the Security Council are the same that support terrorist groups who use toxic chemicals against the Syrians.

Western countries incite terrorist groups to use poisonous chemicals against civilians in Idlib and refute the evidence to accuse the Syrian government and intervene only to help terrorist groups, just as happened in the incident of Khan Sheikhan. He stressed that the fact-finding mission on the use of chemical weapons in Syria violated the terms of reference of its work, followed a clearly selective approach to its investigations and moved away from transparency.

Jaafari expressed Syria’s surprise that the Security Council did not take any action against the countries that support, sponsor and finance terrorist groups, which facilitated the possession of toxic chemicals, pointing out that Syria informed the Security Council of a huge explosion within a terrorist laboratory in the town of Tarmanin in the countryside Idlib which contained quantities of explosives and barrels liquid chlorine.

Jaafari said that Syria condemns any use of chemical weapons or any kind of weapons of mass destruction as a crime against humanity and reiterates that the Syrian Arab Army has not used any chemical weapon and that it no longer possesses them.

He added that Syria is continuing to implement its commitments to accede to the Chemical Weapons Convention and to continue its war on terror, which will not stop under the influence of political or media extortion or cheap exploitation of the blood of innocents in Syria.

To be continued…

Translated by Internationalist 360°