Monday 16 July, 2018

Cuba condemns Syria missile strikes

Cuba has condemned the recent missile air strikes carried out by the US, UK and France against chemical weapons facilities in Syria, saying the move was a 'flagrant violation' of international law.

In a statement, Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said as the original signatory and State party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Cuban government "strongly rejects the use of those and other weapons of mass destruction by any actors under any circumstances".

"The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba expresses its strongest condemnation of the new attack by the United States and some of its allies against military and civilian facilities in the Syrian Arab Republic on the evening of this April 13th, under the pretext of the alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians by the Syrian Government."

"This unilateral action, outside the United Nations Security Council, is a flagrant violation of the principles of International Law and the UN Charter and an outrage against a sovereign State, which exacerbates the conflict in that country and region."

"The United States have attacked Syria without proving the actual use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government and despite the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Technical Secretariat has announced it will shortly deploy a fact-finding mission to inspect the city of Douma, as requested by Syria and Russia."

Cuba expressed its solidarity with the people of Syria and government for the "loss of life and material damages caused by that brutal attack."

On Sunday, April 15, 2018, a US-led operation supported by the UK and France executed over 100 missile strikes on suspected chemical weapons facilities near Damascus and Homs in Syria.

The attack was allegedly in return for a suspected chemical attack on civilians a week ago.

A Syrian government official said his country is "fully ready" to cooperate with a fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to investigate the alleged chemical attack that triggered US-led airstrikes.

Faisal Mekdad, Syria's deputy foreign minister, said on Monday that government officials met with the delegation, which has been in Damascus for three days, a number of times to discuss cooperation.

The OPCW arrived in Syria a day before the joint punitive airstrikes from the United States, Britain and France a week after the alleged chemical attack in Douma, where activists say more than 40 people were killed.

The OPCW mission has yet to visit Douma, where government and Russian police deployed soon after the rebels in the town surrendered following the chemical attack.