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Syria raps EU for hoodwinking intl. community with claims of chemical weapons use

This file picture shows a view of the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in Damascus, Syria. (Photo by Syrian Arab News Agency)

Syria has dismissed the latest remarks by the European Union foreign policy chief in which he accused Damascus of non-compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), calling it an attempt to hoodwink the international community. 

“Certain Western states and EU officials have gone too far in deceiving the international community over the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian and Russian forces," Syria's ministry of foreign affairs and expatriates said in a statement on Thursday.

"Such attempts are meant to tarnish the image of the two countries in favor of the West’s colonial schemes," it hastened to add, noting that some EU member states and other Western nations have themselves used chemical weapons across the world.

The ministry strongly refuted the claims that the Arab country has used such weapons but added that such weapons have been used by West-aligned terrorist groups in the war-ravaged country.

“Damascus has not and will not use such weapons, even though they have been used by terrorist groups and operatives of Western intelligence agencies in Syria… The Syrian government also stresses that it emphatically rejects the use of such munitions at any place and time,” it stressed. 

On November 30, Josep Borrell, the EU's high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, issued a statement published on the website of the EU Council, condemning the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons. 

“The European Union reiterates its strong condemnation of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Arab Republic and its failure to respect its international obligations under the Convention, as substantiated through comprehensive and thorough investigations carried out by the United Nations and the OPCW,” it said.

It is worth noting that on April 14, 2018, the United States, Britain, and France carried out a series of airstrikes on Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack on the city of Douma, located about 10 kilometers northeast of the capital Damascus.

That attack was reported by the White Helmets group, which published videos showing them purportedly treating survivors. 

Washington and its allies blamed Damascus for the Douma attack, an allegation strongly rejected by the Syrian government.

The White Helmets group, which claims to be a humanitarian NGO, is known for its coordination with terror outfits in Syria to carry out false flag chemical attacks to incriminate Syrian government forces and fabricate pretexts for military strikes by a US-led military coalition present in Syria since 2014.

The Western media and governments have repeatedly accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against its own citizens.

This is while Syria surrendered its stockpile of chemical weapons in 2014 to a joint mission led by the United States and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which oversaw the destruction of the weaponry. It has also consistently denied using chemical weapons.

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