The European Union and Turkey are demanding that the Syrian regime be held accountable for using it


European Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said in a statement on behalf of the 27 member states, according to what “AFP” said: “Those responsible for the use of chemical weapons must be held accountable for these objections.”

The European Union has previously imposed phased sanctions against Syrian officials, officers and scholars involved in “the spread and use of chemical weapons.” According to Burrell, the union is “ready to consider new measures when the need arises.”

Borrell stressed that “the use of chemical weapons by any party, whether it is a state or a non-governmental actor, anywhere, anytime and under any circumstances, is a violation of international law, and could be equal to the most serious international crimes, such as war crimes and crimes against Humanity. ”

He stressed that “impunity cannot be tolerated for these horrific crimes,” considering that “it is now up to the international community to study the report duly and take the necessary measures.”

Borrell said the European Union “is determined to ensure that this clear violation of the fundamental principles of the Convention receives the strongest possible response from the States parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention,” stressing that “accountability for these actions is necessary to prevent the re-use of chemical weapons again.”

For its part, the Turkish Foreign Ministry called in a statement the necessity of holding the Bashar Al-Assad regime, which has been killing citizens without discrimination for 9 years, to be held accountable, Anatolia news agency reported.

The Foreign Ministry statement considered that the first report of the organization’s investigation team is an important step taken towards ensuring accountability for the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, stressing that the use of chemical weapons is a flagrant violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, as well as a crime against humanity and a war crime.

He added, “Those responsible for these attacks, which constitute a clear violation of international law, should not be left unpunished.” 9 years without discrimination (including) children. ”

According to the report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, two “Sukhoi-22” planes fired two missiles containing sarin gas on the lantaman, while a Syrian helicopter threw a cylinder of chlorine gas at a hospital there.

In 2018, the organization confirmed that sarin and chlorine were used in the Al-Latamna attacks, without accusing anyone.

On Thursday, the Syrian regime denied the content of the report, saying it was “misleading and included false and fabricated conclusions, aimed at falsifying facts and accusing the Syrian government.” In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Syria “rejects its content and form, and at the same time categorically denies that it used toxic gases in the town of Latamna or in any other Syrian city or village.”

Damascus, which has been repeatedly accused, denies using chemical weapons during the nine years of conflict. And it stresses that it destroyed its chemical arsenal following a Russian-American agreement in 2013, and following an attack that Western countries accused Damascus of carrying out and killed hundreds of people in Eastern Ghouta, near the capital.


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