Has the Syrian government used its chemical weapons? The Syrian Ambassador to Japan strongly denied.

投稿日:2018年4月23日 更新日:

Some Diet members and I had an opportunity to exchange our views with the Syrian Ambassador to Japan on the political and military situation of Syria in the Middle East.

(Frankly speaking, although the complicated Syrian issue has repeatedly been explained to me, it is still beyond my comprehension.)

At present, Syria is under a complicated situation. President Bashar al-Assad’s government is supported by Russia, Iran and Shia Muslims, and its military forces have been battling with the largest anti-government rebel while fighting with other different rebels. The anti-government rebel is supported by the US, the UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Sunni Muslims. Furthermore, newly arising ‘Islamic State’, a jihadist group, has escalated the confusion of the situation. Consequently, this civil war in Syria has become a proxy war between Russia versus the US, the UK and France.

When President Assad’s government forces attacked the anti-government rebel in March, they were suspected of using chemical weapons which are prohibited internationally. Soon after the attack, the US, the UK and France launched missiles against the Syrian government’s chemical weapons facilities in early April. They said that these attacks were limited to pinpointed chemical weapons facilities, as a punitive and political action against the Syrian government.


The Ambassador appealed to us, saying “Syria did not use the chemical weapons at all. We have not produced any chemical weapons. Japan supports the United States relying on one-sided information. The US, the UK and France attacked our facilities, without waiting for the inspection result by the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons). It is extremely difficult for us to verify that the Syrian government did not use chemical weapons. Since Syria is a small country, we do not have any means or systems to disseminate information that proves our innocence.”

In response, we informed the Ambassador of our views as follows: (1) the Syrian government is deemed to be lacking in further efforts to verify its innocence of alleged use of chemical weapons; (2) as a proverb says, there is no smoke without fire, in other words, inspectors of the OPCW saw ‘smoke’ in the chemical facilities and assumed that ‘fire’, that is, chemical weapons, must be hidden; (3) are you sure the Syrian government is not interfering with OPCW inspections?; (4) is there any democratic legitimacy under Assad’s regime which cannot control the terrorist groups in Syria; and (5) how about the security conditions in Syria?, we suppose it is getting worse.

At the end of our meeting, the Ambassador recommended Japanese people to visit Syria, promising to guarantee the security of the travelers. An ambassador of any country works desperately for the sake of his or her country.





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