Syria's FM categorically rejets the OPCW report about Douma
Syrian Foreign Ministry refutes the report of the team affiliated with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on an incident alleging the use of chlorine in the city of Douma in 2018.
The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates announced its rejection of the report of the so-called Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) affiliated with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), regarding allegations of using chlorine in Douma in April 2018, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it "categorically rejects the report that was issued Friday by the so-called IIT of the OPCW about the alleged incident of using chlorine in Douma in April 2018."
The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that “The report lacks any scientific and objective evidence, and no specialist can reach the misleading conclusions its authors found,” stressing that they “neglected the objective observations raised by state parties, experts, academics, and former inspectors from the organization, who are known for their experience and knowledge.”
In a statement issued today, the ministry indicated that "Syria was not surprised by the misleading report, which came to confirm once again the correctness of its position on the OPCW's reports that all lacked credibility."
"Syria and many other countries objected to recognizing the so-called IIT, which has no legitimacy," the ministry said, pointing out that "Syria calls on all states parties in the prohibition agreement and the United Nations to assume their responsibilities to preserve the independence, credibility, and future of this organization."
The ministry also called on those parties "not to allow the United States and a number of Western countries to dominate their work and role and to politicize their tasks and use them as a tool to achieve their political goals."
This is not the first time these organizations have insisted on accusing Syria without providing significant evidence.
Last month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic slammed a statement issued by EU chief Josep Borrell in which he criticized Syria and Russia for not complying with Chemical Weapons Convention, SANA reported.
According to a statement published by the Syrian Foreign Ministry, "Western states and representatives of the EU went too far in misleading the international community over the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria and Russia."
The Ministry further said that Borrell's statements are specifically intended "to defame the reputation of the two countries for the benefit of the West’s colonial targets."
Some EU members and other western nations have themselves employed chemical weapons in several places across the world, the statement adds.
Syria reaffirmed that it "will not use and has never used such weapons, which were however used by terrorist groups and western intelligence apparatuses," stressing that it "rejects the use of these weapons at any place and any time,” the Foreign Ministry concluded.
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