As a member of the International Community, the Commonwealth of Dominica remains concerned at the protracted conflict occurring in Syria which has left thousands of people dead and many more injured, and which has led to the displacement of millions of people and left many cities in ruins.
We should all strive for the maintenance of peace around the world. The strictest adherence to agreed international norms regarding the resolution of conflicts and the conduct of states generally, should be respected by all.
The use of banned chemical agents, particularly against civilians, constitutes a violation of the United Nations Chemical Weapons Convention and hence all members of the International Community should speak out in condemnation of such a practice.
We understand that the recent strike against the Shayrat Airfield in Syria, was conducted by the United States in response to the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian war and were limited and focused on deterring further chemical weapons atrocities. We share the concern of the United States for the resolution of the conflict in Syria and for zero tolerance for the use of chemical agents particularly against civilians.
April 8th, 2017
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CARICOM Affairs
4th Floor, Financial Centre
Commonwealth of Dominica
Tel: (767) 266 3276
Fax: (767) 448 5200