No Interest for Damascus to Use Chemical Weapons With UN Support at Stake

© REUTERS / Ammar AbdullahA civil defence member breathes through an oxygen mask, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 4, 2017.
A civil defence member breathes through an oxygen mask, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 4, 2017. - Sputnik International
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The Syrian government cannot be responsible for breaching the chemical weapons deal, since the violation would lessen the United Nations’ support of Damascus and its efforts for the Syrian peace settlement, Hassan Sakr, the head of foreign affairs at the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), told Sputnik on Friday.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square in Moscow - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military airfield in Ash Sha'irat in a response to the alleged chemical weapon use in Idlib on Tuesday, which Washington blames on Damascus.

"The strikes are premature and they did not wait for the investigations, which should conclude to the party behind the chemical explosion. The Syrian government doesn’t have any interest in breaching the chemical weapons agreement with the international community, as this would affect the rejoining and acceptance of Syria by the UN," Sakr said.

Meanwhile, Daesh terrorists did not have the UN support at risk, the SSNP member noted.

"The terrorists do not have any similar concerns. On the big questions, a question remains: How did the chemical weapons reach to terrorists’ weapon warehouses and from which root?" Sakr added.

On Tuesday, the Syrian National Coalition of Revolutionary and Opposition Forces reported that a chemical weapon attack in Syria’s Idlib province claimed the lives of some 80 people and inflicted harm on an additional 200 civilians. The coalition, as well as a number of Western states, blamed the Syrian government troops for the attack, while Damascus has refuted these allegations.

Following a 2013 chemical weapon attack in Syria's East Ghouta, Syria joined the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. This was the result of an agreement between Russia and the United States on the destruction of chemical weapons in the Arab country under the control of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which also prevented the US military intervention in Syria. In January 2016, the OPCW announced that all chemical weapons in Syria had been destroyed.

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