UN Security Council briefing on Syria’s use of Chemical Weapons

UN Security Council briefing on Syria’s use of Chemical Weapons

The OPCW has presented to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) a report from its Investigation Identification Team, or IIT, into three chemical weapons attacks in Ltamenah, Syria in March 2017.

The IIT reached its conclusions that units of the Syrian Air Force were responsible for three abhorrent chemical weapons attacks against the Syrian people in Ltamenah in March 2017.

The OPCW is the body tasked for upholding that prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.

The IIT’s investigation adds to the evidence produced by two separate previous UN-mandated investigations, which claimed that the Assad government was responsible for using chemical weapons at least four separate occasions.

The UN Security Council have repeatedly emphasised the importance of upholding the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.

UK Ambassador Jonathan Allen, UK Chargé d’Affaires to the UN, said that Syria is in breach of its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Security Council decisions set out in Resolution 2118.

“It remains a fact that the Syrian authorities have not answered the questions raised over their CW programme since it was declared,”Allen said. “We hear month after month in this Council about the refusal of the Syrians to cooperate fully with the OPCW and with the outstanding questions of the declaration, just as it’s a fact demonstrated by different bodies over the years that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against its own people.”

“We must not allow that dust be thrown in our eyes by Syria’s defenders,” Allen added.

Allen urged all members of the Council to consider the report in detail and to work together towards the goal of preventing impunity and upholding UN Security Council Resolution 2118.

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