Taiwan joins America, others in condemning Syrian chemical attack
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday that Taiwan joins the international community in condemning the horrific Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus, and blames the Syrian government for the attack..
September 12, 2013, 12:12 am TWN
The Taiwanese government announced its support for the international community's efforts to enforce an international prohibition on chemical weapons use, MOFA said in a statement.
A joint statement from the U.S. and 10 other countries released at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg on Sept. 6 announced support for efforts undertaken by the U.S. to enforce an international prohibition on chemical weapons use, MOFA said.
The signatories to the statement were the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
“The Republic of China government, based on respect for human rights and the universal values of democracy, calls upon the Syrian government and opposition groups to resolve domestic political disputes through peaceful means, and condemns any acts involving the use of violence or inhumane methods that harm civilians,” the MOFA statement said.
Meanwhile, MOFA has continued to issue a red travel advisory regarding trips to Syria.
Under MOFA's four-color travel advisory system, the red alert is the highest level of warning.
As Syria has been plagued by civil war for more than two years, there are currently no Taiwanese nationals in that country, MOFA said.
Previously there were nine Taiwanese students in Syria, as well as two Taiwanese women married to Syrian citizens. As of March of this year all Taiwanese citizens previously in Syria had left the country on account of its deteriorating security situation, MOFA said.