News Foreign policy Ministry Travel to Poland
12 September 2013
Over the past few weeks Minister Radosław Sikorski has repeatedly drawn attention to the possibility of putting Syrian chemical weapons under international control. He also appealed to Russia to take greater responsibility for this process. He raised this issue in his conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry and during EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Vilnius on 7 September.
We shall continue to seek diplomatic solutions, being well aware that their effectiveness depends on the determination of the international community and the full cooperation of the Syrian authorities. Poland joined other EU countries in adopting a common position and endorsed the statement of the G-11 condemning chemical attacks in Syria. It will continue to act in this spirit.
We are convinced that the decisions to put Syrian chemical weapons under international control should be binding and should precisely describe the terms of their takeover and subsequent destruction. They should also introduce mechanisms of verification and sanctions in the event that Syria fails to comply with its obligations. We call on the Syrian authorities to fully cooperate with the international community on this matter.
Current diplomatic efforts should by no means lead to avoiding responsibility for the 21 August attacks carried out in the suburbs of Damascus.
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