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U.S. walks out of UN Disarmament Forum – because Syria was allowed to speak

Today, we were told that the US ambassador to the UN in Geneva led a protest over Syria’s role at head of the Conference on Disarmament, calling the event a “travesty.”

Apparently, US officials left the room when Syrian representative took the floor.

“Syria’s presence here is a travesty. This regime has committed countless crimes against its own people through the use of chemical weapons, and it is just unacceptable for them to be leading this body,” said US ambassador Robert Wood.

Wood also threatened more actions led by the US designed to undermine and damage the UN conference, saying that he also said that he “will be taking other actions that you will see over the course of Syria’s presidency, so please stay tuned”.

Of course, this pattern of behaviour is nothing new – where US officials rail in anger anytime Syrian officials are allowed to speak in an international forum. It is now a normal occurrence for US ambassador to the UN, Niki Haley to get up and leave a room whenever either Syria or Palestinian envoys address a UN forum, as Washington does not recognise Syria’s government or its overwhelming mandate as “legitimate”, although for some reason US officials still generally recognise the receding conclave of jihadist militants in Syria as legitimate “opposition forces.”

What Washington officials fail to acknowledge however, is their own sordid role in a massive illegal weapons trafficking operation into Syria starting from 2012, and escalating through 2014 – 2017, culminating in 350 diplomatic charter flights transporting US-procured weapons destined for conflict areas like Syria, with much of the cargo heading for known terrorist enclaves in Syria, where weapons fell onto the hands of al-Nusra Front (al Qaeda in Syria) and ISIS. Additionally, other arms made their way to other conflict zones including Central Asia and Africa.

Haaretz (via Reuters) reports…

The United States staged a walkout in protest at Syria’s presidency of the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations in Geneva on Tuesday.

The delegation stood from their seats as the Syrian ambassador to the U.N., Hussam Edin Aala opened the latest round of the conference.

Wood said Syria’s presidency of a body committed to non-proliferation was a travesty, given that “the regime was responsible for killing countless of its own civilians, many of whom have been impacted by chemical weapons attacks.”

Washington did not plan a boycott of the four-week presidency but wanted to hold Syria to account for its use of chemical weapons, he said.

READ MORE SYRIA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Syria Files




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