Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Chemical Attack In Syria: Draft Resolution Before The UN


The text, obtained by AFP, calls on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to quickly present its findings on the attack that left at least 58 dead and 170 wounded on Tuesday in Khan Cheikhoun, a small town of The province of Idleb, in the north-west of Syria, in the rebel zone.

The draft was circulated to the fifteen members of the Council on the eve of the emergency meeting requested by Paris and London following the attack.


The United States, France, and the United Kingdom intend to put this resolution to the vote during this session of Wednesday in New York, but the position of Russia remained Tuesday night unknown, diplomats said.

The United States, France, and the United Kingdom presented Tuesday a draft resolution condemning the chemical attack in Syria and calling for a full and prompt investigation on the eve of an emergency meeting of the Security Council of ONU.

The text, obtained by AFP, calls on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to quickly present its findings on the attack that left at least 58 dead and 170 wounded on Tuesday in Khan Cheikhoun, a small town of The province of Idleb, in the north-west of Syria, in the rebel zone.
The draft was circulated to the fifteen members of the Council on the eve of the emergency meeting requested by Paris and London following the attack.

The United States, France, and the United Kingdom intend to put this resolution to the vote during this session of Wednesday in New York, but the position of Russia remained Tuesday night unknown, diplomats said.

The text also requests Syria to provide flight plans and information on military operations at the time of the attack.

The draft was circulated to the fifteen members of the Council on the eve of the emergency meeting requested by Paris and London following the attack.
The United States, France, and the United Kingdom intend to put this resolution to the vote during this session of Wednesday in New York, but the position of Russia remained Tuesday night unknown, diplomats said.

The text also requests Syria to provide flight plans and information on military operations at the time of the attack.

Finally, it threatens to impose sanctions under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.

Moscow and Beijing vetoed a Security Council resolution in February that would have imposed sanctions on Damascus, which has already been accused of carrying out a chemical weapon attack on Syrian villages in 2014 and 2015.
"This is clearly a war crime," said British Ambassador to the UN Matthew Rycroft. "I appeal to the members of the Security Council who have in the past used their veto to defend the indefensible so that they change course," he added.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the bombing was "extremely alarming and shocking".

The alleged chemical attack provoked a wave of international outrage, Washington, Paris, and London pointing fingers at Bashar al-Assad's regime, which categorically denied any involvement and accused the insurgents of being responsible for the tragedy.

- 'War crime' -

"We heard bombardments ... We ran into the houses and there were dead families in their beds, we saw children, women, and men killed in the streets, AFP a witness, Abu Mustapha.

Videos of anti-regime activists showed lifeless bodies on the roadway, others taken from spasms and suffocation crises.

The victims "have dilated pupils, convulsions, foam coming out of their mouth," said Hazem Chahwane, a rescuer who was interviewed by AFP in one of the city's hospitals.

"We heard bombardments ... We ran into the houses and there were dead families in their beds, we saw children, women, and men killed in the streets, AFP a witness, Abu Mustapha.
Videos of anti-regime activists showed lifeless bodies on the roadway, others taken from spasms and suffocation crises.

The victims "have dilated pupils, convulsions, foam coming out of their mouth," said Hazem Chahwane, a rescuer who was interviewed by AFP in one of the city's hospitals.

At least 19 children and 13 women are among the 58 dead, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH).

It is "the second deadliest chemical attack of the conflict in Syria" after that which caused more than 1,400 deaths in 2013 near Damascus, said this NGO, which was not able to determine the nature of the gas Toxic.

- Avenging the victims -

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said the UN would seek "clear accountability" and "accountability" for the perpetrators of the "chemical" attack.

Reacting at the end of the day, the Syrian army denied "categorically having used any chemical or toxic substance to Khan Cheikhoun", in a statement published by the official agency Sana.
"Terrorist groups and those who support them are responsible for using chemical and toxic substances and for being negligent with the lives of innocent civilians," she added.

Despite multiple accusations, the Syrian government has always denied using chemical weapons since the beginning of 2011 of the war, which has already caused more than 320,000 deaths.

It ratified the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in 2013, but the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) recently reported investigating several alleged toxic gas attacks since the beginning of the year.

The main support of the regime, the Russian army claimed that it did not conduct any air raids in the area of Khan Cheikhoun.
But for the Syrian opposition, there is no doubt that the Damascus regime used "shells containing chemical gas". This "horrific crime" recalls the attack of the summer of 2013 that the international community had "left unpunished", she denounced.

Syrian rebel groups, including the former al-Qaeda branch, have vowed to avenge the victims of the attack on Khan Sheikhoun.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that President Assad should be held accountable for the chemical attacks of his regime.
For French President Fran├žois Hollande, "once again the Syrian regime will deny the evidence of its responsibility in this massacre."

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