Ellwood praises UK effort to eliminate Syrian chemical stockpiles

Foreign and Commonwealth Minister, Tobias Ellwood
Foreign and Commonwealth Minister, Tobias Ellwood | Courtesy of the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Following reports of the successful elimination of 200 tons of Syrian chemical stockpiles through United Kingdom efforts, Foreign and Commonwealth Minister Tobias Ellwood offered his praise.

Ellwood said as part of an international effort to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria, the U.K. government took on the task of eliminating 200 tons of chemical stockpile material. He also attributed part of this success to the chemical industry for its aid in the safe disposal of these compounds.

Ellwood also said while this is a step forward, there is still work to be done in Syria.

"However, we must not lose sight of the fact that industrial chemicals such as chlorine are still being used as weapons in Syria: in breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention and U.N. Security Council Resolutions. This needs to end now," he said. "Those responsible for their use must be held accountable and brought to justice. The Syrian regime also has serious questions to answer in respect of its previous weapon programs and cannot be considered to be in full compliance with its Chemical Weapons Convention and U.N. Security Council obligations until it has done so satisfactorily." 

According to The Guardian, the Bashar Al-Assad regime is suspected of 35 chlorine attacks since March 16.

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