United States Mission to the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
14 April 2018
Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison on the North Atlantic Council Statement on Syria
In a rare Saturday session, the North Atlantic Council issued a statement of support for the joint military action conducted by France, the United Kingdom and the United States in Syria today. The statement, agreed upon by all 29 Allies, serves as a strong indicator of NATO’s unity and resolve that the use of chemical weapons is an immediate threat to international peace and security. The use of these illegal weapons undermines the international rules-based order and will not be tolerated.
This morning’s coordinated strikes have crippled the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons program and serve as a serious deterrent against its further use. The strikes clearly demonstrate that the world will not accept the use of chemical weapons anywhere and that these savage acts carry significant consequences.
In 2013, Syria acceded to the Chemical Weapons Convention and Russia vowed it would ensure the elimination of the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons program. The use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians in Douma and the use of a military-grade nerve agent in the United Kingdom demonstrates the fragility of Russian international commitments. The Syrian regime and Russia continue to undermine international inspections and accountability mechanisms of the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons program.
Our primary goal in Syria remains the total and complete defeat of ISIS, however, the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian backers must account for the horrific acts that have been committed against the men, women and children of Syria. The international community will not be fooled by another Russian disinformation campaign attempting to deflect the blame.
The United States and its Allies will continue to uphold our principles and values in defense of our citizens and of international peace and security.