UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS

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UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu told the Security Council, “there is no justification for the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere and under any circumstances. Those who have used them must be identified and held to account.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 03 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

03 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
“The use of chemical weapons is a profound threat to peace and security, as well as to the disarmament and non-proliferation architecture that was so painstakingly constructed over past decades. There is no justification for the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere and under any circumstances. Those who have used them must be identified and held to account.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
“I would like to note that since I last briefed the Council one month ago, there have been limited developments in the implementation of Security Council resolution 2118 (2013). The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the OPCW’s ability to deploy to the Syrian Arab Republic. However, the OPCW Technical Secretariat maintains constant readiness for deployments, which are being conducted subject to the evolution of the pandemic. Despite these conditions, the Technical Secretariat has continued with its mandated activities related to the elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme and its engagement with the Syrian Arab Republic in this regard.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the United Nations:
“We have an obligation to hold those who use weapons of mass destruction accountable. We have an obligation to listen to the OPCW, whose integrity is unimpeachable and whose objective, technical expertise does not deserve to be politicized. And most important, we have a global responsibility – a sacred responsibility – to protect our people from the inhumanity of chemical weapons.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bassam Sabbagh, Permanent Representative of Syria to the United Nations:
“In conclusion, the Syrian Republic rejects this lie, this hostile lie, this politicized lie, and calls on Member States to take an objective approach and to have constructive debates so that the OPCW can carry out its mandate which has the technical character, and that will help the organization to keep its credibility and professionalism.”
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STORYLINE:

UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu told the Security Council, “there is no justification for the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere and under any circumstances. Those who have used them must be identified and held to account.”

Addressing the Security Council on Chemical Weapons in Syria today (04 Mar), Nakamitsu said, “the use of chemical weapons is a profound threat to peace and security, as well as to the disarmament and non-proliferation architecture that was so painstakingly constructed over past decades.”

She said that since her last briefed the Council one month ago, there have been “limited developments in the implementation of Security Council resolution 2118 (2013).”

The High Representative continued, “the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the OPCW’s ability to deploy to the Syrian Arab Republic. However, the OPCW Technical Secretariat maintains constant readiness for deployments, which are being conducted subject to the evolution of the pandemic.”

She noted that despite these conditions, the Technical Secretariat has continued with its mandated activities related to the elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme and its engagement with the Syrian Arab Republic.

The US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the Council, “we have an obligation to hold those who use weapons of mass destruction accountable. We have an obligation to listen to the OPCW, whose integrity is unimpeachable and whose objective, technical expertise does not deserve to be politicized.”

She added, “and most important, we have a global responsibility – a sacred responsibility – to protect our people from the inhumanity of chemical weapons.”

Syrian Ambassador Bassam Sabbagh told the Council that his country rejects “this lie, this hostile lie, this politicized lie, and calls on Member States to take an objective approach and to have constructive debates so that the OPCW can carry out its mandate which has the technical character, and that will help the organization to keep its credibility and professionalism.”
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