Turkey content with Russia's call for UN investigation on Syria

Davutoglu: "This is a positive and an expected move concerning Russia's becoming a P5 country which should operate the UN system"

Turkey content with Russia's call for UN investigation on Syria

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday that Russia's call on the Syrian government to allow a UN probe into allegations of use of chemical weapons in the country was a positive development.

"This is a positive and an expected move from Russia as a P5 country (five permanent members of the UN Security Council), which should operate the UN system," said Davutoglu in Rome, the last stop of his three-country European tour, with Syria and Egypt s main topics on the his agenda.

Turkish minister, with his Italian counterpart, discussed the latest chemical attack in Syria, which killed over 1,000 civilians including children, women, and elderly as well.

"We have almost the same points of view on the matter," he said referring to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Turkey tried hard to bring countries like Iran and Russia which have influence on Syria into action, said Davutoglu, adding there was still no answer from the Syrian regime to the calls for a UN team to investigate the attack sites around capital Damascus.

"If the regime in Syria is not hiding anything, then it should not prevent such an investigation," he said adding Germany, Britain, and Italy all shared the same views on the matter.

Davutoglu also said if Assad did not allow the UN team to investigate the allegations on chemical attacks, this would be "tantamount to pleading guilty".

Upon a question about possible future steps to be taken for a solution to Syria crisis, Davutoglu said, "UN system should work effectively. If Syria would allow UN team to probe latest chemical claims, the mission should prepare an investigation report. If it did not allow, this would be tantamount to pleading guilty. Then UN should calculate further steps well."

Davutoglu said the Syrian regime should be held accountable at all legal platforms including the International Criminal Court, and receive punishment it deserved.

"But if the UN Security Council fails to guarantee this despite all the evidence, than all the actors, who are believed to represent humanity's conscience, should come together and rethink the steps to be taken."

Referring to his meeting with Ahmet Uzumcu, director of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in London on Friday morning, Davutoglu said he was informed about technical details that "clearly proves the chemical weapon claims."

"There is an evident situation that chemical weapons were used as there are many evidence such as pupil dilation as seen on the videos showing no bullet scar or blood. In order to be bounding in terms of international law, this should be investigated."

On Wednesday, Syrian National Coalition (SNC) said at least 1,300 people were killed in a poison attack which it blamed on forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the suburbs of the Ghouta region near Damascus.

But the Syrian regime strongly denied the claim and described reports and figures as "lies and groundless," saying reports were aimed at "distracting a visiting team of United Nations chemical weapons experts from their mission."

A UN team is currently in Syria to investigate an earlier allegation of use of chemical weapons reported by the Syrian government at Khan al-Assal as well as two other allegations reported by Security Council member states.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Ağustos 2013, 09:47