(adds more information)RIGA, April 14 (LETA) – The Latvian Foreign Ministry believes that the missile strikes of the US, France and the UK against military facilities in Syria is n appropriate response to Syria’s chemical attack against civilian population by Assad regime, the ministry said in its statement.Use of chemical weapons is a crime and those responsible must be held accountable, the ministry said.The ministry also regrets Russia’s decision on April 10 to veto the UN Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. "This is now the sixth time that Russia is using its veto right over the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Actions of this kind have a negative impact on the diplomatic capacity of the international community to prevent the use of chemical weapons," the ministry said.Russia’s behavior in subsequent sessions of the Security Council clearly demonstrated what had already been obvious for several years since Russia’s military engagement in the Syrian conflict. Russia protects the official regime of Syria by covering up and supporting its criminal conduct.The ministry strictly condemned the April 7 attack in the town of Douma in Syria, in which, according to data from the World Health Organization published on April 11, 43 civilians were killed due to exposure to toxic chemicals, and 500 others had to receive medical treatment. The chemical weapons attack on April 7 is a serious violation of international norms and law, including the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction. As a party to the Convention, the Syrian government is responsible for compliance with the obligations laid down therein.In view of the critical humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta and across Syria, the Latvian Foreign Ministry is calling on all the parties, the Syrian government and Russia in particular, for an immediate and full compliance with the UN Security Council Resolution 2401 on a nationwide ceasefire in Syria.At the same time, the Ministry also urges all parties to the conflict to engage in a constructive manner in a UN-led process of peace talks in order to achieve a political solution to the conflict in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254 of December 18, 2015, endorsing a road map for a peace process in Syria.As reported, the US, UK and France on Saturday morning launched coordinated strikes in Syria, hitting targets associated with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons program.
Published: 14.04.2018 13:13
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