UN Security Council condemns chlorine weapons in Syria

(VOVworld) – The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Friday on a US-drafted resolution to condemn the use of chlorine as a weapon in Syria and threaten to take action if such arms are used again in the conflict.

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The US Vessel Cape Ray on which all 581 metric tons of a precursor chemical for sarin gas removed from Syria were destroyed while sailing in international waters. Photo: US Dept. of Transportation

The document was voted in favor by 14 out of 15 members including Russia.

Under the text, the council adopted a resolution that "stresses that those individuals responsible for any use of chemicals as weapons, including chlorine or any other toxic chemical, must be held accountable."

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A man, affected by what activists say was a gas attack, breathes through an oxygen mask inside a field hospital in Kfar Zeita village in the central province of Hama April 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Member countries expressed deep concern that toxic chemicals had been used as weapon in Syria, as concluded with a “high degree of confidence” by the OPCW fact-finding mission. The Council reiterated that no party in Syria is allowed to use, develop, produce, otherwise acquire, stockpile or retain chemical weapons, or transfer them — directly or indirectly — to other States or non-State actors. Stressing that those responsible for use of chemical weapons — including chlorine — must be held accountable, the Council called on all parties to fully cooperate with the mission.

It decided that in the event of non-compliance with resolution 2118, it would impose measures under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.

 

 

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