COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STATES (CELAC) ON THE SITUATION IN SYRIA
The Community of Latin American and Caribbean (CELAC) deeply regrets the loss of human life and expresses its greatest concern for the situation in the Arab Republic of Syria and for the dangers it may entail for the region of the Middle East and for international peace and security.
CELAC affirms its most resolute rejection of the use of chemical weapons and any other weapon of mass destruction, regardless of where it is used and who uses it, and its Member States confirm their full commitment to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction.
Therefore, it requests that all those who have proven evidence of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and of who has used them, to make it available to the investigation mechanisms created by the United Nations, as a contribution to the full clarification of the facts and to the prevention of further consequences.
It requests the Security Council, on the bases of its faculties and of the Report of the UN Investigation Mission, to intensify its efforts for peace so the aggressions would cease, and concludes that if the use of chemical weapons is verified, those responsible should not remain unpunished. CELAC recalls that any action can only be carried-out by the Security Council, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations.
CELAC, reiterating its support for peace and respect for the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter and International Law, including International Humanitarian Law, demands the immediate cessation of violence and the protection of the civilian population, and firmly calls for the avoidance of all provision of weapons to the Syrian territory and calls the parties to prevent the aggression and attacks against the civilian population, as well as to create conditions that would advance towards a political negotiated solution to the conflict in Syria, that has cost the lives of thousands of innocent people.
In this context, CELAC calls upon the United Nations Secretary General to continue his efforts to achieve an end to the conflict and reiterates its support to Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, Special Representative of the UN and the Arab League, and for the convening of an international conference on the situation in Syria.
La Habana, September 9, 2013