Switzerland promotes peaceful negotiations in the Syrian conflict

Swiss Federal Institute for NBC Protection chosen by OPCW to analyze chemical weapons samples taken near Damascus.

Swiss Federal Institute for NBC Protection chosen by OPCW to analyze chemical weapons samples taken near Damascus.

On January 22, 2014, the Geneva 2 talks are scheduled to take place in Switzerland.Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Feature Photo

Switzerland strongly condemns the serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in the Syrian conflict. It takes direct action with humanitarian relief operations and by supporting the destruction of Syria´s chemical weapons stockpile. Spiez Laboratory, the Swiss Federal Institute for NBC Protection, was among the few laboratories designated by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to analyze samples taken by the UN fact-finding mission which established that chemical weapons were used near Damascus on August 21.

As a first-hour signatory state to the Chemical Weapons Convention, Switzerland has increased its support to OPCW in order to neutralize Syria´s chemical weapons. In October 2013, Switzerland donated an additional $1 million which allowed the specialists to immediately begin with the destruction work at different sites in Syria. Furthermore, the Swiss Armed Forces are providing medical antidotes for the protection of the OPCW personnel in case they come into contact with chemicals.

TOWARD A PEACEFUL SOLUTION OF THE CONFLICT
Switzerland has promoted political action through its support for peaceful conflict negotiations in the Syrian conflict. On January 22, 2014, the Geneva 2 talks will take place in Switzerland. The Swiss government reemphasizes the need to find a just and lasting solution that facilitates a political transition which takes due account of the legitimate aspirations of all the communities that make up the Syrian people.



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