Al-Jaafari: Damascus will facilitate access of OPCW team to any point they want to reach in Douma

New York, SANA- Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari said that the Syrian government will facilitate access of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) team to any point they want to reach in Douma.

In a press statement on Thursday in New York, al-Jaafari said that the OPCW has informed the Syrian government that it will send a team to Syria, whose members will arrive on Thursday and Friday.
Al-Jaafari pointed out that any delaying or confusing on this visit will be a result of a political pressure practiced on the OPCW by US, UK, France and their allies to hinder the experts’ visit.
Speaking about the experts’ working schedule, al-Jaafari said that “when will they start work? This subject is due to them and we are ready to accompany them wherever they want to go and at any time, as the first batch of the team arrived in Beirut.”

He pointed out that there are terms of reference agreed between the Syrian government and the OPCW, which are applied in dealing with such cases.

In response to a question about who used chemicals in Syria, al-Jaafari said that “we have said it many times. They are the terrorists. They have chemical substances form the Libyan stock for a long time and that the arrival of these substances were facilitated by the Turkish, Saudi, American and French intelligences. They smuggled chemicals from Libya to Istanbul on civil airlines and the person responsible for the smuggling of these materials was Haitham al-Qassar.”

He affirmed that the British policy is a part of the problem and not part of the solution, adding that Britain has pushed the US through history to undertake adventures in failed wars.

“So we do not pay attention to what the British government might say because we already know that Britain is pushing for escalation, the complexity of the international situation and working against peace and stability in the world,” said al-Jaafari.

As for the US stance when Syria will head the presidency of the Conference on Disarmament, al-Jaafari said that “it is not up to the US, UK or France to determine who will be and who will not be the president of the conference. We will chair this conference when our turn comes.”

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