TURKEY’S MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENSE MADE EXPLANATION RELATED TO THE ALLEGATIONS OF CHEMICAL WEAPON USE




Selin ATAY-TDO-"We categorically reject these despicable slanders based on disinformation made by the terrorist organization.There are no chemical weapons in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces."Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy said in response to allegations that Turkey used chemical weapons in the Operation Peace Spring.

"Our country has been a party to the Convention on the Prohibition of the development, production, storage and use of Chemical Weapons and their destruction (CSR) since 1997. Turkey is also a party to all basic international documents in the field of non-proliferation and is a member of export control regulations. In this context, it fulfils all its obligations. On the other hand, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has shared information that no 'investigation' has been launched into the allegations and that the allegations have not been determined to be credible."

"The allegations of chemical weapons being used by circles seeking to cast a shadow over the success of the Turkish Armed Forces are completely untrue, "the Ministry of National Defense said.

The National Defense Ministry's Twitter account shared a statement about the allegations:

“During the planning and execution of the Operation Peace Spring, only the terrorists and their asylums, shelters, emplacements, weapons, tools and equipment were targeted, and great attention and sensitivity was shown to prevent any damage to civilian/innocent people as well as to the historical, cultural, religious structures, infrastructure facilities and the environment in the operation area.”

“The allegations of "the use of chemical weapons by the Turkish Armed Forces", which were brought up especially in the international media outlets by the circles wishing to cast a shadow on the success of the Turkish Armed Forces, are completely unreal. Ammunition prohibited by the international law and agreements is not used by our Armed Forces. This type of ammunition is not included in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces.”