Carla Del Ponte, UN investigator, claimed on Monday that there are evidence indicating use of chemical sarin gas by Syria rebels during the struggle against the Assad régime.
Del Ponte stated during an interview with the Swiss TV that there were “strong and concrete suspicions” on rebels use of sarin agent, “but not yet incontrovertible proof”.
Although the UN commission emphasized that no conclusive findings are reached yet regarding the use of sarin gas or the side that resorted to its use during the ongoing conflict in Syria, Del Ponte issued the controversial statement.
“Our investigators have been in neighbouring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals, and according to their report of last week, which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” Del Ponte said.
However, a statement by the commission said: “Since no conclusive findings are reached, the commission is not in a position to further comment on the allegations at this time.”
Del Ponte didn’t completely exclude the possibility of use of chemical weapons by forces loyal to the régime, but her statements to the Swiss TV raised wide controversy. “I was a little bit stupefied by the first indications we got, they were about the use of nerve gas by the opposition,” she said.
On the other hand, the leadership of the Free Syrian Army’s rebel forces has rejected Del Ponte’s claim and considered her statement as a “huge injustice”.
“Del Ponte’s remarks represent a huge injustice and provocation to the Syrian people,” said Saleem Edris, FSA’s chief of staff.
The oppositions forces of the Syrian National Coalition declared that a symposium on the use of chemical weapons in Syria will be held on Tuesday in order to discuss Del Ponte’s statement, with participation of doctor members of the coalition beside lawyers.
Carla Del Ponte’s credibility is questioned by the Syrian opposition, taking into consideration her former position as a chief prosecutor in UN international criminal law tribunals.
According to a report published by The Guardian 18 August 2010,Del Ponte was investigated “over claims she allowed the use of bullying and bribing of witnesses, or tainted evidence”.
Source: ARA News-agencies
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