- POSTED: 17 Sep 2013 23:48
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Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has said it welcomes the recent framework to eliminate Syrian chemical weapons, agreed on by the United States and Russia.
SINGAPORE: Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has said it welcomes the recent framework to eliminate Syrian chemical weapons, agreed on by the United States and Russia.
It also called on Syria to work urgently with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and relevant United Nations agencies to implement all of its disarmament obligations.
On September 14, Syria had acceded to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction.
MFA was responding to media queries on the report by the United Nations Mission to investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons in the Ghouta Area of Damascus in Syria.
MFA reiterated that Singapore strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons.
Its spokesman said this is "a deplorable act and violation of international law" and that the perpetrators must be held accountable.
MFA added the United Nations has an important role to play.
This includes its objective role in investigating the case and bringing the perpetrators of the chemical weapons attack to justice.
But MFA stressed it is equally important to find a political solution to end the long-standing conflict in Syria.
It added it hopes the framework agreement will pave the way to resolve the conflict peacefully for the sake of all Syrians and regional stability.