US Claims against Syria, Russia on Chemical Probe Meant to Protect Terrorists
The fabricated allegations made by the US envoy to the UN against Syria and Russia on the pretext of disrupting the international mechanisms to investigate the use of toxic chemicals come in the framework of “covering terrorist groups,” supported by known countries, the permanent delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic to the UN said.
Publish date : 2/11/2018

In a statement on Thursday, the envoy said the US Ambassador’s statement on 23 January allegation that Syrian government used chlorine gas against innocent civilians in Eastern Ghouta is baseless and unsurprising as it constitutes a cover on crimes committed by armed terrorist groups that comes within the framework of the ongoing campaigns led by the US administration against Syria.

US-backed terrorists used chemical weapons

“The policy of directing such accusations against the Syrian government completely ignores the proven fact that Syria was the first to initiate an investigation into the incidents of the use of poisonous gases by armed terrorist groups, backed by the US, Western countries and Saudi Arabia,” the delegation added.

The US ambassador’s statement also ignores repeated attempts by the Syrian government to inform the world of the crimes committed and still being carried out by armed terrorist groups and their supporters against innocent citizens through the use of poisonous chemicals on more than one occasion, the delegation said.

The Syria delegation added that the statement also disregards the evidence provided by the Syrian government to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Joint Investigation Mechanism (JIM) that proved the possession of these groups of prohibited substances.

Contradicting reality

The US claim that Russia, which has helped set up the mechanism, “has killed it” contradicts with the reality that proves the US and its allies are the ones who ended its task when the Mechanism refused to visit Khan Sheikhoun, and instead, it depended on fabrications of western countries.

The delegation added that instead of practicing this cheap method of misleading and empty statements, the US Permanent Representative should criticize the administrations of her country, which violated the UN Security Council resolutions that affirmed the commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic.

The statement also referred to the US-led coalition’s crime of destroying the city of Raqqa, where the bodies of innocent people are still under the debris.

Russian reaction

Russia has also slammed the audacity of the latest US accusations of Moscow’s “ultimate” complicity in all alleged chemical attacks in Syria, voiced by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.

“In essence, a massive propaganda attack was conducted with the purpose of slandering Russia on the world stage and undermining efforts for a peaceful settlement in Syria,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday. Washington is continuing in its attempts to get the international community “accustomed to the idea that our country, which – unlike the US – has destroyed its stockpiles of chemical weapons, not only condones their use in Syria but in general is always guilty of everything.”

While the US officials’ disregard for the “elementary norms of ethics” is nothing new, with latest insinuations Tillerson and Haley have “excelled themselves,” the ministry noted.

During a 29-nation meeting in Paris on Tuesday – to which Russia was not invited – Rex Tillerson accused the Syrian government of launching yet another chemical attack on its people.

The US firmly rejected a Russian-drafted Security Council resolution seeking to establish an objective investigative mechanism to probe all allegations of chemical attacks in Syria “based on impeccable and irrefutable data.”

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