France urges for UN resolution on Syria chemical use
French FM said he was pressing members of the UN Security Council, including Russia, to condemn the Syrian regime
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said he was pressing members of the UN Security Council, including Russia, to condemn the Syrian regime following a report that found Syrian government troops used chemical weapons.
“I see no reason that could be given, or any arguments that could be made, for not condemning the use of chemical weapons,” he said, when asked if Russia would support the resolution.
A joint investigation by the United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW found that Syrian government troops were responsible for two toxic gas attacks and ISIS militants used sulfur mustard gas.
The inquiry found there was sufficient information to conclude that Syrian Arab Air Force helicopters dropped devices that then released toxic substances in Talmenes on April 21, 2014 and Sarmin on March 16, 2015, both in Idlib province. Both cases involved the use of chlorine.
On Saturday, Ayrault said the UN report represented a chance to push Russia to accept a resolution condemning the Syrian regime and resume political negotiations.
Russia said on Thursday it was prepared to work with the United States on a response to the UN report.