SA condemns chemical weapons in Syria

2013-03-20 21:02

Johannesburg - South Africa has condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in the civil war in Syria earlier this week.

"The alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria is of serious concern and would introduce an extremely dangerous element into the conflict, which is wholly unacceptable by any standard," International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said in a statement on Wednesday.

He said the use of chemical weapons was of serious concern, as innocent civilians would be targeted.

It was reported on Tuesday that a missile containing a chemical substance was fired into a village in Allepo province, killing 31 people and injuring 100.

"Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, South Africa has condemned the abuse of human rights, in particular violations of the rights of vulnerable groups, such as women and children," said Ebrahim.

"South Africa rejects any calls for forced regime change and outside military interference, or any action not in line with the Charter of the United Nations," he said.

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2013-03-20 21:17

    Why not 'condemn' the 'chinless' one who has caused all the deaths in Syria. Help the rest of the world get rid of this 'dictator'....

      Bless Boswell - 2013-03-21 08:57

      SA should keep its nose out of other countries business. There's so much really disgusting stuff going on here - it's actually ridiculous to become embroiled in what's happening elsewhere.

  • Imani Azania - 2013-03-20 21:21

    Americans have been doing it for years

      Vic Hammond - 2013-03-21 08:59

      Imani, have you proof Americans have been doing it for years? If not, shut the f**k up.

  • John Cryink - 2013-03-20 22:05

    If and my figures can be wrong we have 20 000 murders a year then say for the last 18years 360 000 have murdered then syria can come and take lessons from us

  • Vivian Harris - 2013-03-21 00:18 if anyone gives a S*** what SA thinks. The government is a joke around the world. Who they trying to impress?

  • Jim - 2013-03-21 00:42

    Who the hell in the intellegent world gives a toss what this idiotic ANC government thinks about anything...they are an international disgrace!!

  • Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-21 01:18

    . Maybe Mr Ebrahim can explain, how in a dictatorship, one changes its 'government, without being forceful !!!!!!!

  • Kwajo.m - 2013-03-21 06:36

    The said the same thing about Gadaffi and what happen? He was killed and SA could not do a jerk at all

  • AndrĂ© Smit - 2013-03-21 07:10

    The criminal element that are streaming across our borders to kill, rape and rob us is also of concern, but I don't see government doing anything about that! Maybe you should stop commenting on what is going on in other countries and rather focus on cleaning your own yard.

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-21 07:49

      Andre, This is such a pathetic comment!! In 2011 , our prisoners total was at 166 000, of which there were 4976 foreigners, less than four percent!!! ( Which is possibly about the same percentage of foreigners, being in SA!! ) You want to address the unacceptable high crime rate in SA, you will have to look somewhere else than blaming the foreigners!! Like, having a mostly useless policeforce, and a crappy justice system!!

      Michael - 2013-03-21 18:14

      Andre and Anthoney - interesting that both of you have the same number of thumbs up and good points both. If I may though Anthoney, imagine for a second those foreigners weren't here in the first place? A friend of mine was locked up in Saudi when someone drove into the back of his parked car - he (rightly) argued that it wasn't his fault however the Saudi Police ruled that had he not been in the country the accident wouldn't have happened...interesting logic huh -

  • Subspace Human - 2013-03-21 08:15

    South Africa is a ink blot on the world map..... who will ever care what we say... lol lol!

  • Gary5 - 2013-03-21 08:57

    he is a scared running dog communist and cannot actually say that assad used chemicals.

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