Arab Foreign Ministers hold Syrian regime accountable over unleashing chemical weapons on civilians

WAM CAIRO, 1st September, 2013 (WAM)–The Arab Foreign Ministers have strongly condemned the heinous crime committed by the Syrian regime over using the internationally banned chemical weapons in defiance and disregard for moral, humanitarian norms and laws.

H. H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, headed the UAE delegation in the 140the session of the Arab League Ministerial Council, which was chaired by Libya to discuss the Arab issues, especially the Syrian crisis and the Palestinian cause.

The UAE delegation included, Mohammed bin Nakhaira Al Dhahiri, UAE Ambassador to Egypt and Representative to the Arab League, Dr Tariq Al Haydan, Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Dr Abdul Rahim Yusuf Al Awadhi, Assistant Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs, Dr Jassim Al Khaloufi, Director of the Department of Arab Affairs and Mahash Al Hamili, Director of the Department for Security Affairs and Ali Al Shamaili, Official in Charge of Arab League at the UAE Embassy in Cairo.

In its communique, the Council fully held the Syrian regime responsible for the heinous crime, demanding it to bring those involved before fair international court, similar to war criminals. It also called for provision of all forms of required support to the Syrian people to defend themselves, urging for concerted Arab and international efforts to help the Syrian people.

The Arab foreign ministers called on the United Nations and the international community to shoulder their responsibilities in accordance with the UN Charter and the norms of international law, to take necessary deterrent measures against perpetrators of this crime. They also called for putting an end to the violations and crimes of genocide being perpetuated by the Syrian regime since the eruption of the war two years ago.

The Council has decided to remain in a permanent session to follow up the latest developments in Syria.

Meanwhile, Algeria was reserved about the paragraph contained in the resolution relating to the invitation of the United Nations and the international community to carry out their responsibilities and take necessary deterrent measures against perpetrators of the crime.

Algeria called for waiting for the final results of the United Nations inspectors team, while Iraq did not vote for the paragraph relating to holding of the Syrian regime accountable about the crime, as well as call for the UN to take deterrent measures against Syria. Lebanon was fully reserved about the Council’s resolution.

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