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Estonia Considers Agreement Achieved in Geneva on Destruction of Syria’s Chemical Weapons to Be Positive

16.09.2013

16 September 2013

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, Estonia considers the agreement achieved in Geneva on the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons to be positive. “The Syrian regime must now demonstrate willingness to carry out the agreement,” said Paet. “It is important that Syria provides an overview of its chemical weapons arsenal within the week. All of Syria’s chemical weapon stockpiles, in turn, must be destroyed by mid-2014,” he stressed.

Paet said that the international community, and especially the UN, has a duty to contribute to ending the Syrian conflict. “A lasting and peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict can only be reached with political agreements,” noted the Estonian foreign minister.

“The use of a chemical weapon is a very serious violation of international law and everything must be done to prevent it from happening again,” said Paet. He added that the perpetrators of the crime must be punished according to international law. “The International Criminal Court must prosecute them,” stressed the foreign minister.  

 

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