‘Darkest day in history’ as Syria begins UN disarmament presidency

May 29, 2018 | By | Reply More

The Syrian regime has begun its four-week presidency of the UN Conference on Disarmament – an appointment described as “one of the darkest days in the history” of the panel.

darkest day in history UN disarmament presidencyBashar al Assad’s government will preside over the forum from 28 May until 24 June, following after Switzerland because the presidency rotates among members on an alphabetical basis.

Despite this, many have criticised the appointment following a series of allegations that Assad’s government used chemical weapons to target the civilians in the country.

US ambassador to the forum, Robert Wood, said it marked “one of the darkest days in the history of the Conference on Disarmament”.

He added: “The Damascus regime has neither the credibility nor moral authority to preside over the CD. The international community must not be silent.”

A statement from Britain’s Foreign Office declared: “The UK deplores the fact that Syria will assume the presidency of the Conference on Disarmament, given the regime’s consistent and flagrant disregard of international non-proliferation and disarmament norms and agreements.”

Despite this, the British government recognised that the presidency rotated among CD members and that there was no way to refuse to recognise Syria’s presidency unless Syria itself chose to step down.

Israeli politician Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party, described the UN’s appointment of Syria to the presidency as “one of its most absurd decisions yet”.

Following widespread allegations that Assad was responsible for chemical weapons attacks against civilians in Syria, the Russian government accused the UK of “staging” the attacks.

At least 70 people were reported to have died and more than 500 injured in the suspected attack in April on Douma, the last rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus.

The Kremlin turned the tables on the UK after Theresa May, Donald Trump and several European leaders accused the Syrian government, supported by Russia and Iran, of carrying out the suspected attack.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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