This morning, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, was interviewed at the margins of the commemoration activities of the Centennial of the Peace Palace in The Hague, headquarters of the International Court of Justice.  Regarding the most recent events in the Syrian Arab Republic, Secretary Meade:

1.    Reiterated Mexico’s position regarding the conflict in Syria and expressed that this is an issue that puts the strength of the institutions –which we have created to solve this type of situations- to the test.

2.    Reiterated Mexico’s condemnation of the violence used against the civilian population. In several occasions, Mexico has condemned the use of chemical weapons by any party and under any circumstance, as it is a clear violation of international humanitarian law.

3.    He pointed out that “the fact that the mere possibility of chemical weapons being used is something that has to be strongly condemned, as stated by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon”.

4.    Mexico deplores the killing of hundreds of civilians as a result of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

5.    He highlighted the importance and the urgency that the international community must attach to the need to halt the death toll and suffering to which the Syrian population has been subjected throughout the conflict.

6.    The Secretary underscored the importance of exhausting all investigations being carried out by the United Nations Mission regarding the alleged used of chemical weapons in Syria. In this context, Mexico awaits for the conclusion of the Mission’s work, and the submission of its report and conclusions to the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council.

7.    He also made reference to the strength of the architecture of international institutions, specifically of the United Nations Security Council, as the sole organ with the mandate to adopt collective measures in case of a threat to international peace and security.

In light of the above, Mexico reiterates that the search for a solution in Syria must be in accordance with the principles and provisions contained in the UN Charter, particularly those related to the law on the use of force.