Monday 19 April 2021
News ID: 87284
Publish Date: 05 February 2021 - 21:40
DAMASCUS (Press TV) – Syria’s permanent representative to the UN Bashar al-Ja’afari has lambasted Western countries for their continued use of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the so-called "chemical file” of the Arab country as a weapon in a war imposed on the Syrian nation.
In a statement he delivered to a virtual session of the UN Security Council on "the Situation in Syria”, Ja’afari said the Western states are using the chemical watchdog and the so-called file of alleged "chemical attacks” in Syria as a tool to put pressure on Syria and politically blackmail it to serve their agendas in the Arab country and the region.
"Syria has... engaged in serious and constructive cooperation with the relevant UN mechanisms and OPCW and its Technical Secretariat, which has resulted in helping Syria get rid of its chemical stockpile, substances and production facilities, so Syria has no longer possessed any chemical weapons and substances or the production facilities since 2014,” he said, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported.
However, Western governments and their allies have preferred to deny this truth and have never stopped pointing the finger at Damascus whenever an apparent chemical attack has taken place, Ja’afari further said.
His comments came just a month after Syria lambasted Western pressure aimed at forcing the OPCW and its member states to adopt a French draft resolution that falsely claimed "Syria’s non-abidance”.
Ja’afari asserted that the so-called French-Western draft resolution or any similar movement is a politicized act of hostility, aiming to accuse Syria of using chemical weapons and to absolve the terrorists who have repeatedly launched terrorist acts.
These Western-backed terrorists, he said, spare no effort to stage a chemical attack in a bid to blame Syria for it and provide a pretext for Western states, particularly the U.S., to launch attacks on the Arab country like their attack on Shayrat Airbase in 2017.

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