Syria urges elimination of chemical weapons, other WMDs as threat to regional, global security

Syria urges elimination of chemical weapons, other WMDs as threat to regional, global security

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bassam Sabbagh says all weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), including chemical arms, must be eliminated from West Asia as they pose a threat to regional and international security.

Addressing a Wednesday session of the United Nations Security Council focusing on Syria, Sabbagh said his country condemned the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere and under any circumstance.

He said a Syrian delegation took part “effectively” in a conference last week to negotiate a treaty for a West Asia zone free of nuclear weapons and other WMDs “based on its deep belief in the importance of eliminating mass destruction weapons that pose threat to the international and regional peace and security.”

The Syrian delegation “stressed the importance of the participation of the five nuclear-weapon states (NWS) in this conference as observers due to their essential role in the consultations that aim at establishing this zone,”…

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