The United States welcomes the requirement of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) for Syria to report on the possible presence of toxic substances in the country, the state Department said in a written statement.
“The current decision sets out the measures to be taken by the government of Syria, including to report on the facilities where the chemical weapons used in al-Latamna were developed, stored and supplied from (in March 2017); to report on the remaining chemical weapons stocks and production facilities; and to resolve outstanding issues with the initial reports,” the state Department said in a statement.
“The Executive Council of the OPCW confirmed by its decision that those responsible for the use of chemical weapons must be brought to justice, and stressed the importance of justice for those who use them,” the statement said.
On April 8, the OPCW published a report on the investigation of chemical attacks in Syria in 2017. According to the investigation team’s findings, airstrikes in Hama province using chlorine and sarin shells were carried out by the Syrian air force. The Syrian Foreign Ministry said that the OPCW report contains false and fabricated conclusions, the purpose of which is to distort the facts and accuse the Syrian authorities.
Russia and the Syrian government have repeatedly accused the OPCW of biased investigations of incidents in the territory of the Arab Republic and questioned the conclusions reached by the OPCW Technical Secretariat. The Syrian authorities have stated that they have never used chemical weapons against civilians and terrorists, and the entire chemical Arsenal of the country was removed from Syria under the control of the OPCW.