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Nigeria opposes Syria chemical weapons deployment

03 September 2013, 07:32Augustine Osayande

 Abuja - Nigeria has condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The use of such weapons amid the escalating political problems in the Asian country has resulted to the death of hundreds of civilians.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement by its spokesperson, Amedu Ode, decried the developments.

“Nigeria condemns in its strongest terms, the use of such weapons that are prohibited by subsisting international law and conventions.

“The Federal Republic of Nigeria has followed with keen interest the ongoing crisis in Syria and in particular, the recent reported use of chemical weapons which has led to the death of many civilians including innocent women and children," Ode said.

Ode added that the Nigeria government called on all parties in the Syrian crisis to exercise maximum restraint and to seek negotiated political solution to the protracted crisis.

Nigeria also called for increased humanitarian access for relief supplies to victims of the conflict and welcomed the action by the United Nations (UN) to dispatch Weapons Inspectors to verify the use of such weapons.

“While it is yet to be established which group may have used the prohibited weapons, it nonetheless, welcomes the action," Ode stated.

According to the UN, more than 100 000 people have been killed since the crisis began in March 2011.

About 4 million Syrians have been displaced within the country and 1.8 million have fled to other countries.

- CAJ News


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