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FCO response to OPCW statement on Syria

FCO responds to today’s Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons statement on chemical weapons in Syria.

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An FCO Spokesperson said:

While the challenging work of the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) has reached an important first milestone, it brings no relief to the Syrian people. The Assad regime continues to use artillery, air power and siege tactics against civilians, with thousands killed every month. As winter approaches, the humanitarian situation grows more acute with millions left vulnerable. The regime has shown it can facilitate access for OPCW inspectors - it needs to show the same commitment to ensuring humanitarian aid reaches those in need. Only a political solution will end the suffering; we must begin the Geneva II process as soon as possible.

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Published 31 October 2013