TEHRAN -- Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has blasted the UN Security Council for holding meetings on Syria’s chemical weapons file repeatedly, despite the country’s full cooperation with the world body, saying such a trend may prove the political nature of such meetings.
Addressing a Security Council meeting, titled “The situation in the Middle East: (Syria – Chemical),” Amir Saeed Iravani said the previous such session was held on October 25, “and we now have another meeting today only after less than two weeks, during which no new development has happened.
“Therefore, it is clear that there is no new point for today’s discussion other than the repetition of claims against the Syrian Arab Republic,” the envoy said.
He renewed the call for any investigation into the use of chemical weapons must be impartial, professional, credible, and objective, and in full compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention.
“While the Syrian Arab Republic has met the requirements of the Convention and continues to cooperate constructively with the OPCW (the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), handling this file in a political and double-standard manner will only divert discussions away from their technical nature,” he said.
The Iranian diplomat stressed that the politicization of the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the exploitation of the OPCW for political purposes threaten the credibility of the organization and the convention.
Underlining that Syria voluntarily acceded to the Chemical Weapons Convention in 2013,