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US snubs disarmament-body session on Syria presidency

GENEVA – The United States is snubbing a session of the U. N.’s main disarmament body to protest Syria’s turn to hold the rotating presidency.

The move by Robert Wood, the US ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament come a week after he temporarily ran as Syria, the kick-off for the four-week presidency. He Later returned and exchanged verbal jabs with the chair.

The U.S. diplomatic mission in Geneva said Wood bows all the way Tuesday.

Critics accuse President Bashar Assad’s government of using chemical weapons on citizens during Syria’s seven-year civil war and say that it is inappropriate that the presidency of the 65-member body.

In a statement, Wood cited Syria’s “repeated attempts” to use its presidency to “normalize the regime, and are unacceptable and dangerous behavior.”

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