UN, January 19. /TASS/. Russia will not consider any lawful arrangement “in the narrow format” on the investigation of chemical attacks in Syria in circumvention of the UN Security Council. This was stated on January 18, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia at the security Council meeting on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
He responded to criticism of Russia heard from the lips of representatives of great Britain and the United States. They laid on Moscow responsibility for the termination of the Joint UN and the Organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons (BCW), who studied cases of use of toxic substances in the course of the conflict in Syria.
According to Nebenzu, the Western countries “do not listen, and misinterpret” the position of Russia, accusing it of blocking resolutions on the extension of the CMP. “It is shamefully forgotten to mention that we proposed a resolution on the extension of the CMP, aimed at enhancing its professionalism, impartiality, and they don’t pass”, – the diplomat reminded.
He urged the US and Britain to show “commitment to the creation of a truly independent and professional” mechanism to identify the perpetrators in a chemical attack, if the two countries “we need real cooperation, and not a smokescreen for political manipulation”. “You do not have illusions – this should be a new mechanism, which will be approved by the SB. Any other alternatives or arrangements within a narrow format, we will not consider legitimate,” – said the permanent representative of the Russian Federation.
18 Dec expired the term of office of the Joint UN and the Organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons to investigate the attacks with the use of chemical agents in Syria. Attempts by members of the UN Security Council to agree on the extension of the mandate of the Commission was not successful. CMP was created by the decision of the security Council in August 2015 with the aim of establishing the perpetrators of these attacks. During its existence the Commission submitted seven reports, in which he called the Syrian authorities involved in four chemical attacks.
Speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council on 18 January, UN Secretary-General, antónio Guterres, urged not to allow impunity for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict. He expressed the hope that members of the security Council to find “an appropriate way to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.”