Athens condemns use of chemical weapons, says diplomacy must ‘return centre stage’ in Syria

Responding to the missile strikes in Syria on Saturday, the Greek foreign ministry issued an announcement condemning the use of chemical weapons and calling for the perpetrators to be held accountable. At the same time, it also urged that diplomacy “return centre stage,” and the focus remain on finding a “political and sustainable solution in Syria.”

The full announcement is as follows:

“Greece unequivocally condemns the use of chemical weapons and supports the efforts to eradicate them.

“The international community must thoroughly investigate every relevant incident and perpetrators must be held accountable.

“At the same time, the international community must remain focused on finding a political and sustainable solution in Syria; a solution that will end the war and restore peace in the country and the region, that will allow for the return of millions of refugees to their homes, and that will protect the whole population, including all religious and cultural communities.

“In this direction, everyone must contribute directly toward the de-escalation of the situation and the strengthening of efforts to reach a ceasefire. What is more, access to humanitarian aid for battered populations must be assured.

“Diplomacy must return to centre stage, and the efforts within the framework of the UN must be continued.”