US impedes inquiry on chemical arms: Syrian MP

US impedes inquiry on chemical arms: Syrian MP
Sat Jul 13, 2013 14:19:10

A Syrian parliamentarian has criticized United States’ attempts to interrupt international investigation on militants’ use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The US government is trying to steal the focus on rebel's use of chemical weapons in the Syria war by making UN’s fact-finding mission to go and probe irrelevant sites in the country, Shareef Shahada said in an interview with al-Alam.

“It was the Syrian government who called for dispatching fact-finding committee to investigate use of chemical weapons in Aleppo and Khan al-Asal, but now the UN and especially the Security council are changing the terms (against Syrian government)” Shahada underlined.

Syria has filed documents to the United Nations, proving that western-backed rebels used sarin nerve gas in an attack on Aleppo.

Syrian government has urged the international body to send a fact-finding group to examine the crime.

United Nations’ disarmament chief and head of the team probing the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria Åke Sellström has recently accepted the Syrian government’s invitation to visit Damascus for talks on carrying out the investigation.

However Washington, which has declared use of chemical weapons as “red line” and has stepped up military support to the terrorist and militant groups based on unsubstantiated claim, has tried to change direction of the investigations, accusing the government of committing the crime.

Shahada said, “The US wants the committee to inspect theater or cinema buildings, that shows they don’t want to reach the reality”.

Syria wants to send a group to accompany the international committee, the MP said, adding that the committee is expected to provide the Syrian government with all results.

Shahada emphasized that “It is obvious for us that terrorist groups utilized chemical weapons in Syria”.

The conflict in Syria started in March 2011, when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.

As the foreign-backed insurgency in Syria continues without an end in sight, the US government has boosted its political and military support to Takfiri extremists.

Washington has remained indifferent about warnings by Russia and other world powers about the consequences of arming militant groups.



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