Permanent representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov
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UN 5 APR. /Offset. TASS Oleg Zelenin/. Prepared by Western countries draft resolution on the recent incident of chemical weapons in Syria “is characterized by extreme negligence”, and to invite the Security Council to adopt its “just not right”. This was stated by the Deputy permanent representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov. Speaking at the security Council meeting, he announced changes which, in the opinion of the Russian side, should be made to the text.
According to the diplomat, the draft resolution “prepared in haste and is characterized by extreme recklessness.” “To suggest that the Security Council approve such a text well, just not right,” concluded Safronkov. “You see that writing?” he added, referring to Western partners .
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The draft resolution submitted to the UNSC by the UK, U.S. and France, demands Damascus to cooperate in the investigation of the incident in the town of Khan Shaykhun, as well as threatens the country with sanctions in case of use of toxic substances. In particular, the document obliges the Syrian authorities to convey to the UN and the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) record of aviation in the area, and to provide access to the airbase, which could be dealt a blow.
As stated by Vladimir Safronkov, these provisions should be eliminated, and the operative part of the draft resolution “should be limited to one paragraph”. This point, the diplomat said, should encourage the Mission to establish the facts of the OPCW “to fully investigate at the scene of the reported incident, provided that the personal staff of investigators will be submitted to the SB for consideration and will be geographically balanced”. “Here, you want to display the requirement of illegal armed groups controlling the area of the incident, to provide full and safe access for investigators to the location and the information they need,” said zampolpreda of the Russian Federation.
In addition, he advocated amending the preamble of the document, which, according to Safrankova, you need to specify the concern of the security Council reports of “mass deaths as a result of poisoning by chemical substances in Khan Sheyhun”. There, the diplomat added, it should be noted the need to “conduct a full investigation to ascertain” the circumstances of the incident and the establishment of responsible and “condemn the use of chemical weapons by anyone”.
“White helmets” are confused in indications
As stated Safronkov, the main task facing the Security Council at the moment is “to objectively understand what happened,” and not to take it on faith “falsified reports” non-governmental organization “White helmets” and the “Syrian monitoring centre for human rights”. According to him, “these structures, however, has long been completely discredited,” and to take on the basis of their conclusions “any far-reaching decisions unprofessional.”
Zampolpreda of the Russian Federation drew attention to the fact that White helmets “confused in the testimony, all the while changing the story” and can’t definitively say whether used sarin or chlorine, were discharged if the bombs from planes or helicopters, as well as change the number of victims. In addition, he noted that the videos allegedly taken on the scene, assisting officers White helmets no protective masks and behave all too easy. “This gives the impression obviously staged nature of the materials,” – said Safronov.
Western countries have not yet called the timing of the consideration of the draft resolution. Earlier today, the British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft stated willingness to negotiate on the text of the document. “If people need more time to negotiate, to consider the document and to change some words or commas, then of course we will be happy to do it,” – said the diplomat. At the same time, he stressed that the draft resolution should keep its essence, which “is to condemn this attack and do everything that the perpetrators answer for their actions”.