We have repeatedly expressed a strong opposition to the use of chemical weapons. No cause could justify the murder of innocent citizens, children included. The use of chemical weapons amounts to a war crime.
In response to another chemical attack on civilians in Syria, this night, a coalition of states undertook a limited missile air strike on facilities related to the production of chemical weapons. Targets are selected with precision to avoid casualties.
We consider this one-off military operation as a warning for the Syrian regime to refrain from such unlawful actions in the future. At the same time, we express our concern regarding a possible escalation of the conflict and call on the Syrian regime to cease all actions violating international humanitarian law.
Measures to deescalate, as well as to ensure full and unhindered humanitarian access to the victims of the chemical attack in the Syrian city of Duma, are needed.
We fully support the work of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and expect full facilitation of the work of its Investigation teams. Those bearing the guilt for the chemical attack in Duma should be revealed and held accountable.
Bulgaria supports the efforts of the international community, which we are also part of, for achieving peace and finding a political solution in Syria.