United Nations, December 12: A Chinese envoy on Friday called for a prudent approach to the issue of Syria’s chemical weapons.
All parties should approach the issue of Syria’s chemical weapons with openness, transparency and inclusiveness, and respect facts and science, said Geng Shuang, China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.
In recent years, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has released a number of reports on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. Many independent experts have raised doubts from a technical point of view and pointed out contradictions in these reports, to which the OPCW should come up with professional, science-based and convincing responses, he told a Security Council meeting.
China opposes jumping into conclusions or even rushing into action when there are still many question marks, he said.
Some Security Council members simply refuse to listen to divergent views, hell-bent on pursuing pressure and attribution. They would label anyone who begs to differ as undermining the authority of the OPCW. Such conduct is utterly irresponsible, unconstructive, and politically driven, he said.
All parties should encourage the OPCW to maintain good communication and cooperation with the Syrian government and take an objective view of Syria’s efforts, said Geng.
Recently, the Syrian government and the OPCW Technical Secretariat held their 23rd round of technical consultations, during which all the outstanding issues regarding the initial declaration were discussed, among which three were closed. Syria once again expressed its readiness to maintain communication and cooperation with the Technical Secretariat. The constructive attitude of Syria and the outcomes of their exchanges should be recognized, he said.