TILLERSON Along With His French, German & British Counterparts Demand Ending Use of Chemical Weapons By Syria: Syria Denies The Accusation

November 9th, 2017 | by Sukumar Roy
TILLERSON Along With His French, German & British Counterparts Demand Ending Use of Chemical Weapons By Syria: Syria Denies The Accusation
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UNITED States, France, United Kingdom and Germany have called for immediate ending of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.  The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the four countries in a   joint statement have said “The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), a body established by unanimous decision of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), has concluded that the Assad regime is responsible for the use of Sarin in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April 2017. We have full trust in the JIM’s findings, its professionalism and independence. The Syrian regime violated international law, including the Chemical Weapons Convention.  We condemn this heinous act and demand that the Syrian regime immediately cease any and all use of chemical weapons and finally declare to the OPCW – The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons headquartered at The Hague –the dangerous chemical weapons it possesses”. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of  UK,  Foreign Minister of France  Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel  and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said The JIM ha also found that ISIS/Daesh was responsible for a sulfur mustard attack on the town of Um Housh in September 2016 on two consecutive days. The three nations also condemn the despicable act, and are united in to defeat this abhorrent terrorist movement once and for all.” We condemn the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere”, they added.“We agree that it is vital for the international community to continue to investigate cases where chemical weapons have been used in Syria. We therefore urge the United Nations Security Council to maintain the JIM’s investigative capacity. We also call on the OPCW Executive Council to take action in response to the JIM report to send an unequivocal signal that those responsible for the use of chemical weapons will be held accountable”. This is not the first report identifying those responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria.  In 2016, the JIM came to the conclusion that the Syrian regime was responsible for the use of chlorine as a chemical weapon in at least three attacks in 2014 and 2015, and ISIS/Daesh used sulfur mustard once in 2015.And there is more work for the JIM to do. The OPCW has now reported that a sarin attack “more than likely” took place in Al Lataminah in Syria, just a week before and 15 Kms from the sarin attack on Khan Shaykhun. The attack it describes bears the hallmarks of the Syrian Regime. A robust international response is now essential to hold those responsible to account, seek justice for the victims of these abhorrent attacks and to prevent such attacks from happening again. After such a report, the Security Council and all its members have a common responsibility to protect the international non-proliferation regime and live up to their previous commitments.Syria has however denied using chemical weapons despite the report. Syria’s foreign minister has claimed his country never used and will not use chemical weapons in Syria. Autopsies conducted on three Syrians brought to Turkey after the assault in Idlib province that killed 86 people prove they were subjected to a chemical weapons attack, according to Turkey’s justice minister. The statement came as international outrage grew over the attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in northern Syria. In France, the country’s foreign minister called for President Bashar Assad’s government to be prosecuted over its alleged use of chemical weapons. The Syrian government has denied it carried out any chemical attack on the town in Idlib. Though people on the ground suspect nerve agent sarin has been used – it can kill in less than 10 minutes (Image courtesy The Guardian)

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