Cyprus condemns chemical attack in Syria

The use of chemical weapons amounts to a war crime and perpetrators should be held accountable, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus said on Thursday, as it condemned a chemical attack that took place earlier this week in the town of Khan Sheikhoun of Idlib Province, in northern Syria.

“The government of the Republic of Cyprus underlines its utter and unreserved indignation and unequivocal condemnation for the abhorrent chemical attack” which led to last Tuesdays tragic loss of tens of innocent civilian lives, notes a Foreign Ministry statement distributed by PIO.

Cyprus, it says, facilitated the removal and destruction of chemical stockpiles from Syria by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and considers that the use of chemical weapons amounts to a war crime and crime against humanity and that the perpetrators should be held accountable.

Cyprus will lend its support to any efforts in international fora for a strong reaction and condemnation of this atrocious attack by the international community, the announcement concludes.

Source: Cyprus News Agency