GENEVA (AFP) – The United States said it would boycott Tuesday’s session of the Conference on Disarmament to protest Syria last week ascending to the helm of the body.

“Based on Syria’s repeated attempts last week to use its presidency of the Conference on Disarmament to normalise the regime and its unacceptable and dangerous behaviour, we are not participating in today’s session,” Robert Wood, the US ambassador to the Geneva-based body, said in a statement.