Guta, Damascus. The picture shows one of the residents of the city, who was injured in a chemical attack on August 21, 2013 (archive photo) US issues statement on 9th anniversary of Assad regime's massacre of Ghouta
State Department condemns use of nerve agent by Syrian authorities against civilians
State Department spokesman Ned Price pays tribute in special statement to victims and victims on August 21, 2013, when the Bashar al-Assad regime used the nerve agent sarin against Syrian civilians in the Ghouta region of Damascus, killing more than 1,400 people, including children.
“Today, we remember this tragic event with horror and renew our commitment to bring those responsible to justice,” the State Department said in a statement released Sunday.
“The United States remembers and commemorates the victims and victims of the Ghouta attack and many other chemical attacks that we believe were carried out by the Assad regime. We condemn in the strongest terms any use of chemical weapons anywhere, by anyone, under any circumstances. “There can be no impunity for those who use chemical weapons. The United States is using all available tools to hold accountable for such attacks.”
The United States calls on the Assad regime to fully declare and destroy its chemical weapons program in accordance with international obligations, and to allow access to the country of the Investigation Team and identification of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW SRV) to confirm that Syria has resolved all remaining problems related to the regime's chemical weapons program.
“The United States strongly supports international and Syrian-led efforts to bring those responsible to justice in the countless atrocities committed against the people of Syria, some of which reach the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity,” Ned Price emphasized. “We also support a comprehensive political settlement of the Syrian conflict in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.”