Senior MP blasts West for supplying armed rebels with chemical weapons in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi voiced deep concern about the possession of chemical weapons by the armed rebels in Syria, and blamed the West for supplying the terrorists groups with such weapons.

“According to Iran’s information, the terrorists and Syrian opposition forces have used chemical weapons and the countries supporting these groups have supplied equipment and transferred technology for manufacturing such weapons,” Boroujerdi said Wednesday.

The senior Iranian legislator underlined the need for setting up a committee for identifying the perpetrators of chemical attacks in Syria.

“The supervision on banning the use of chemical weapons should also apply to the opposition forces because the perpetrators of the chemical attacks of six month ago were surely the opposition forces …,” he added.

In similar remarks on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said Tehran is concerned about the possession of chemical weapons by the terrorist groups in Syria.

Afkham said that “the dangers of the possession of such weapons by the Takfiri and terrorist groups is still a more serious concern” which should be paid attention and obviated.

On Tuesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov announced that the Syrian authorities have handed over to Russia evidence proving that “opposition forces were involved” in the use of chemical weapons last month.

On Monday, UN inspectors said that they had found “clear and convincing evidence” that chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, were used in an August 21 attack that killed hundreds of people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.

The inspectors had no mandate to determine who had launched the attack – which the US and some of its western allies have attributed to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, but Moscow and Syria have called it a provocation by anti-Assad rebels.

The diplomat added that Moscow was “disappointed” with the way the UN mission of experts in Syria approached the report and called it as “incomplete”.

“Without the full picture of the events here (in Syria) we cannot but call the nature of conclusions drawn by UN experts… as politicized, biased and unilateral,” Ryabkov said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday the report did not answer many questions and called for additional UN investigations into allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria.

The US position that the Syrian army was behind the August 21 attack had prompted Washington to threaten “limited” retaliatory military strikes against Syria. This plan was put on hold last week after Lavrov put forward a proposal, based on off-the-cuff comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry, that a strike could be avoided if Syria were to put its chemical weapons under international control.

On Saturday, after days of intense negotiations, Lavrov and Kerry announced an ambitious plan under which all chemical weapons in Syria would be opened up to international inspectors by November and destroyed by mid-2014.

By Fars News Agency

 

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