Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari warned that some countries have been trying to repeat the Iraqi scenario by finding pretexts to attack Syria.
During a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in New York late Monday, the Syrian diplomat voiced Damascus’ rejection of the conclusions of the organization’s fact-finding mission.
The mission was tasked with probing the alleged use of chemical substances in Douma on April 7, 2018.
Jaafari stressed that the work of the fact-finding mission was manipulated and politicized, noting that the mission has not fulfilled its mandate in accordance with the provisions of the OPCW.
It conducts its investigations from afar, depends on what it calls open sources, touches upon serious political issues and falsifies the facts in violation of the mandate given to it, according to the Syrian envoy.
He said that all the leaked information, especially the important report of the expert in the OPCW Ian Henderson, one of the members of the mission, contradicts the report issued by the head of the Office of the Director-General of the organization.
“Henderson recognized that the results of the report of the organization are not compatible with reality and contradict with engineering studies as he cast further doubts on the credibility of the final report and clearly showed the validity of the opinions expressed by several delegations in the OPCW,” al-Jaafari clarified, as quoted by SANA news agency.
According to the Syrian Diplomat, the importance of Henderson’s report is based on a fundamental point that the two supposed chlorine cylinders that were found in two places in Douma were placed manually and this unequivocally demonstrates that the alleged incident of using chlorine weapon in Douma it was fabricated.
“It is time for the United Nations to take concrete and immediate measures to safeguard the independence, position and credibility of the OPCW, and not allow some countries to destroy the organization as happened with the League of Nations and their attempt to destroy the United Nations,” Jaafari said.
He reiterated that the countries that launched a military aggression against Syria on April 14, 2018, taking advantage of the alleged Douma incident as an excuse, are the same countries that defended the OPCW report even before this organization investigated the alleged incident.
“Some countries are trying to repeat what happened in Iraq in Syria using allegations and fabricated lies related to weapons of mass destruction to find a pretext for aggression,” al-Jaafari said.