Syria Concerned over US Procrastination in Eliminating Its Huge Chemical Arsenal: al-Mikdad

THE HAGUE, (ST)- ""Syria is concerned over the United States' procrastination on process of destroying its chemical weapons and on ending the elimination of its huge chemical arsenal," Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Faysal al-Mikdad said on Wednesday during the Fourth Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties to review the operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in The Hague.

Very important achievements have been made since the Third Review Conference of the state parties to the CWC in 2013, including the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons and the destruction of the chemical weapons of Russia, Iraq and Libya, al-Mikdad said.

He stressed that Syria has faced the most heinous terrorist aggression and it has managed, thanks to the Syrian army and the cooperation of Syria's allies, to uproot terrorism and restore security and stability to most Syrian territories.

 "The state of stability and security in Syria hasn't pleased some countries, so they pushed their mercenaries and agents to destabilize the country through fabricating scenarios about the use of chemical materials against civilians as to blame the Syrian army for alleged chemical attacks and distort the image of the Syrian state, "al-Mikdad made it clear, pointing out that the accusations made arbitrarily by some countries about the Syrian government's responsibility for the use of chemical weapon are nothing but a coordinated and repeated campaign of lies aiming to distort the image of the Syrian state.

The deputy minister reaffirmed Syria's condemnation of the use of chemical weapons by whoever in any place and under any circumstances.

He also called for forcing Israel to join the treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Syria Willingly Eliminated Its Chemical Weapons

On Tuesday, al-Mikdad  and Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Fernando Arias, discussed bilateral cooperation between Syria and the Organization.

According to SANA, the talks were held on the sidelines of the 23th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in The Hague.

Mikdad congratulated Arias on his election as the new Director General of the organization, stressing Syria’s readiness to continue cooperation with him in order to implement the provisions of the Convention.

He stressed that Syria willingly eliminated its chemical weapons in a record time and under very difficult circumstances, adding that the OPCW verified the completion of this measure.

Mikdad indicated that Syria did not use those weapons, rather terrorists used them with the aim of accusing the Syrian state and provoking the aggressor states to attack it.

He underlined the need to respect national interests of all member states and enhance cooperation with the organization in a way that serves these interests and fulfill the organization’s goals.

For his part, Arias stressed that the organization should be neutral and independent, adding that the membership of Syria constitutes a step forward in order to achieve its goals.

He also welcomed Syria’s cooperation, adding that he looks forward to further enhance this cooperation in the next stage.

Hamda Mustafa