November 20th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Breakingnews.sy – – translated by Samer Hussein –
MOSCOW, Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has described the work of the joint UN-OPCW investigative mechanism on the use of chemical weapons in Syria as shameful because its investigators solely relied on information provided by the non-governmental organizations, most of which are associated with terrorist groups.
“The mechanism acted shamefully. Instead of sending its inspectors to places where the use of chemical weapons was recorded, it relied its work solely on the video fand television footage which was provided by highly questionable non-governmental sources active on the ground, and which are known to be connected to extremists and even the terrorists themselves”, Lavrov said.
The mandate of the joint UN-OPCW investigative mechanism in Syria expired on November 17th.
On October 24th, Russia vetoed the US draft resolution on extending the mandate of the joint mechanism.
It later submitted its own draft resolution which included certain amendments that would provide for prompt and thorough investigation, but got rejected on Thursday as only four UNSC members voted in its favour.
After the UN Security Council failed to pass any of the draft resolutions in this regard, Japan submitted a new a draft on Friday, and which would allow an automatic extension of the mission for 30 days, though Russia vetoed it because it did not include any of the amendments as demanded by Moscow.