Britain, France, US present UN draft resolution on Syria chemical attack

The draft resolution "condemns in the strongest terms the use of chemical weapons" in Syria.

Published: 05th April 2017 09:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th April 2017 09:48 AM   |  A+A-

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Victims of a suspected chemical attack, in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria. (AP)


UNITED NATIONS: Britain, France and the United States on Tuesday presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council condemning the suspected chemical attack in Syria and demanding a full investigation.

The text, obtained by AFP, called on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to report quickly on the findings of its fact-finding mission on the attack that killed at least 58 civilians including children in a rebel-held town in Idlib province.

The measure was circulated to the 15 council members on the eve of an emergency meeting requested by France and Britain to discuss the attack carried out in the early hours on Tuesday in the town of Khan Sheikhun. 

Britain, France and the United States are pushing for a vote on the draft text during the meeting on Wednesday, but it remained unclear if Russia would support it, diplomats said. 

The draft resolution "condemns in the strongest terms the use of chemical weapons" in Syria, in particular the attack on Khan Sheikhun and expresses "outrage" over the use of toxic gases in the six-year war.

It requests that the joint UN-OPCW investigative panel set up to determine who is responsible for chemical attacks in Syria begin work immediately to identify the perpetrators of the latest attack.

The text calls on Syria to provide flight pla


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