News ID: 271373
Published: 0256 GMT July 11, 2020

Iran: Anti-Syria motion in OPCW ‘unacceptable, politically-motivated’

Iran: Anti-Syria motion in OPCW ‘unacceptable, politically-motivated’

The Iranian ambassador to the Netherlands described a recent Western-backed motion against Syria in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as “unacceptable, unbalanced, and politically-motivated”.

Alireza Kazemi Abadi underlined that the move is a step toward politicizing the organization and sowing discord among its members, IRNA reported.

On April 8, the OPCW's new investigations team claimed that the Syrian government used sarin and chlorine in aerial attacks on the village of Lataminah in Hama Province in March 2017, in which dozens of people were killed.

Damascus has accused the OPCW of twisting facts in order to groundlessly blame the Syrian government.

The Iranian envoy also described the formation of the OPCW's investigations team as “illegal” and criticized the team’s “biased and untrue” report.

The motion condemned Syria's use of chemical weapons and expressed "deep concern" that the 2017 attacks showed Damascus had failed to declare and destroy all its chemical weapons, according to AFP.

The executive council of OPCW voted overwhelmingly to tell Syria it must declare all details about the facilities used to produce the sarin and chlorine used in the 2017 attacks.

Russia, China, and Iran voted against the decision at the OPCW's executive council, which includes 41 of the UN-affiliated body's 193 member states.



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