Iran Violates OPCW Political Exploitation

Iranian UN envoy Majid Takht Ravanchi made the remarks in an address to a Thursday meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in the Middle East, with particular emphasis on the implementation work of the CAC in Syria.

Here is the text of his speech:

“The politicization of the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the exploitation of the OPCW for politically motivated national purposes has major negative consequences for the authority and credibility of the Convention as well as for those of the Organization.

We renew our call for full, effective and non-discriminatory implementation of the Convention, as well as the preservation of the authority of the OPCW.

Syria has complied with its obligations under the Convention and continues to cooperate with the OPCW, submitting its 98th report on operations related to the destruction of chemical weapons and associated production sites on its territory on 17 January 2022.

In addition, Syria regularly provides information to the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW and the General Secretariat of the United Nations on the possession and use of chemical materials by certain terrorist organizations, as well as on the fabrication of chemical incidents in order to blame the Syrian army for such heinous acts. Recently, in Idleb governorate, members of the terrorist group “Al-Nusra Front have engaged in the fabrication of a chemical incident.

Conscious of the disastrous and horrific repercussions of the systematic use of chemical weapons by Saddam, the former Iraqi dictator during his aggression against our country, Iran reiterates its opposition to the use of chemical weapons by anyone, no anywhere, anytime and under any conditions.

Only the complete destruction and elimination of all chemical weapons globally, as well as the implementation of all essential measures to prevent their production, can ensure that chemical weapons will never be used again.

We reiterate once again our call on the Security Council to take advantage of its meetings on Syria. Devoting a monthly Council meeting to the repetition of unfounded positions and allegations against the Syrian government is not conducive to the effectiveness of the Security Council.

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