The Government of Malta expresses its full support
to the Declaration hereunder made by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini
earlier today on behalf of the EU following the latest developments in Syria.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Malta recalls
that it had also issued a Statement in the immediate aftermath of the reported
chemical attacks carried out on 4 April.
The text of the Declaration issued today by the
High Representative on behalf of the EU on the US strike in Syria is reproduced
“In response to the air strike that hit the town
of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province on 4 April 2017, with many victims
displaying symptoms of gas poisoning, the EU (in its Declaration 193/17 of 6
April 2017) has been unequivocal in its condemnation of the use of chemical
weapon: the use of chemical weapons or chemical substances as weapons amounts
to a war crime and identified perpetrators must be held accountable for this
violation of international law.
The US has informed the European Union that based on their assessment that
the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons; they launched a strike on Shayrat
Airfield in Syria with the understandable intention to prevent and deter the
spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. The US also informed us that these
strikes are limited and focused on preventing and deterring further use of
chemical weapons atrocities. The EU will continue to support the efforts and
work of the OPCW, in particular in Syria, including the OPCW-UN Joint
Investigative Mechanism, with regard to the investigation of the use of
chemical weapons. Those found responsible should be sanctioned within the
framework of the United Nations.
The EU firmly believes that there can be no military solution to the
conflict and is committed to the unity, sovereignty, territorial integrity and
independence of the Syrian State. Only a credible political solution, as
defined in UNSCR 2254 and the 2012 Geneva Communiqué will ensure peace and
stability in Syria and enable a decisive defeat of Da’esh and other
UN-designated terrorist groups in Syria.
The EU reiterates its support to the UN-mediated intra-Syrian talks in
Geneva to reach a political solution to the Syrian conflict. This is even more
urgent now, as reaffirmed by the International Conference “Supporting the
future of Syria and the region” that the European Union hosted in Brussels on
4-5 April 2017.”