New York, SANA – Russia submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council on establishing a new international investigative body on the use of chemical weapons in Syria to replace the OPCW-UN joint investigative mechanism (JIM).
In a statement at the Security Council during a meeting held Tuesday, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzia said that the new body must be professional and not politicized and it should depend in its work on impeccable and irrefutable data obtained in a transparent and credible way.
Nebenzia added that the previous investigative mechanism failed in conducting objective investigations and has become a tool for political manipulation in the hands of some states.
He noted that Moscow is worried about the fact that terrorists possess the means for manufacturing chemical weapons.
He called upon the Security Council’s member states to view the Russian draft resolution which was distributed on Monday as one of the official documents of the Council.
The Russian diplomat slammed the US allegations that Russia is hindering investigations into the incidents of using chemical weapons in Syria, indicating that the US accuses Russia and Syria when talking about any case of using toxic substances without waiting for professional and transparent investigations.
Nebenzia said that the US seeks to hinder any progress in the political process which aims at solving the crisis in Syria.
He added that the US showed its true face to the international community as it doesn’t want any professional independent investigative mechanism.
R. Jazaeri / Hazem Sabbagh