UK: Damascus must be held accountable over use of chemical weapons. Calls on Security Council to respond decisively

LONDON – The British Foreign Ministry called on the UN Security Council to “respond decisively” on the report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) regarding the Syrian regime’s use of toxic substances in Hama countryside in 2017.

“The results of the organization’s report leave no doubt that the Syrian regime violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The United Kingdom calls on all member states of the Chemical Weapons Convention, the UN Security Council (UNSC) and other organizations, to respond and respond decisively and present the perpetrators to justice,” the ministry’s statement stated.

Damascus rejected the report of the OPCW investigation team, describing it as fabricated. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the latest OPCW report on Syria contravenes the principles of conducting investigations and international law standards.

Syria announced the dismantling of its chemical system in 2014 and stated that Syria has no more chemical materials after handing them over to the OPCW.