Calls for Objective Probe into Syria Chemical Weapons Allegations
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) ,- Russia´s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, have stressed the importance of an objective investigation into the alleged chemical weapons attack on Wednesday, in the countryside of Damascus. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected claims that Russia had blocked a Security Council Resolution on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry stressed the importance of an objective investigation and requested the UN Chemical Weapons inspectors who are currently in Syria on invitation of the Syrian government, to fully cooperate with Syrian authorities and to maintain an objective stance.
Russia´s Foreign Ministry stresses, that the level of Foreign Insurgents flowing into Syria has reached the level Iraq witnessed between 2005 and 2007.
Lavrov and Kerry agree on Need for Objective Investigation. Russia´s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, and his U.S. American counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry have both stressed the importance of conducting an objective investigation into reports about the alleged use of chemical weapons in the countryside of Damascus in Syria on Wednesday, 21 August 2013.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has issued a statement, saying that he has spoken to Secretary of State John Carry over the telephone and that they agree on highlighting the need that the armed “opposition groups” ensure safe entry for the UN investigators in the region from where the allegations about the chemical weapons use originated.
Lavrov stressed, that Russia has called on the Syria government to fully cooperate with the UN experts which are currently in Damascus on invitation of the Syrian government. Lavrov also reiterated the need for constructive steps towards holding the international conference on Syria in Geneva from the side of the opposition, stressing that the conference should be held as soon as possible.
Lavrov rejected claims which have been put forward in several international mainstream media, according to which Russia should have blocked a UN Security Council Resolution on the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria, during the emergency session of the council on Wednesday. Lavrov stressed, that this was a complete misinterpretation and misrepresentation of the facts.
USA states, US is Unable to Conclusively Determine Chemical Weapons Use. The spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, Jen Psaki, told journalists on Thursday afternoon, that the USA is unable to confirm reports about an alleged gas attack in the Damascus Countryside on Wednesday, saying:
“At this time we are unable to conclusively determine chemical weapon use. .. We are focused on doing everything possible within our power to nail down the facts”.
China Urges UN Inspectors to Fully Consult with Syrian Government, to maintain Objective Stance. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged the UN Chemical Weapons Team which is currently in Syria on invitation of the Syrian government to fully consult with the Syrian government and to maintain an objective stance. A spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry said to a journalist from the Reuters news agency:
” The UN chemical weapons team in Syria are on the ground and have started inquiries…China hopes that the UN team would fully consult with the Syrian government and maintain an objective, impartial and professional stance, to ascertain what really happened. ‘China’s stance is clear enough regardless of which side is using chemical weapons in Syria…China objects it decisively”.
Level of Flow of Insurgents into Syria reached Level Iraq witnessed between 2005 and 2007. The spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Alexander Lukashevich, stressed in a statement on Thursday, that the flow of foreign mercenaries into Syria has reached the level which Iraq witnessed between 2005 and 2007. Lukashevich stressed that the insurgency has failed changing the situation, saying:
“The flow of mercenaries has failed in changing the situation in the opposition’s favor and the government forces are still in control”.
Lukashevich stressed that the number of fighters from European and Western countries keeps growing, saying that some 150 Britons are fighting alongside the terrorists in Syria. The Syrian government has recently published figures, according to which it estimates that some 80 % of the