Singapore welcomes US-Russia agreement on Syria: MFA

SINGAPORE - Singapore has condemned the use of chemical weapons, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the country welcomes the recently signed US-Russia agreement.

In announcing its support for the Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons, MFA added that Singapore believes firmly that perpetrators must be held accountable for their violation of international law.

An MFA Spokesman said :

"We welcome the recent Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons agreement between the US and Russia and call on Syria, which has on 14 September 2013 acceded to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, to work urgently with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and relevant United Nations agencies to implement all of its disarmament obligations.

"The United Nations (UN) has an important role to play, including its objective role in investigating this case and bringing the perpetrators of the chemical weapons attacks to justice," the spokesman said.

In addition, the ministry also expressed hope that the agreement would be able to help resolve the longstanding conflict in Syria.