Condemnation of Syrian regime at UN Security Council over chemical weapons use

NEW YORK — In a UN Security Council session dedicated to discussing Syria’s chemical weapons usage, multiple nations united to condemn the Syrian regime’s deployment of chemical weapons as a means to suppress its own citizens. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reiterated that the Syrian regime’s cooperation concerning its chemical weapons remained insufficient.

The Syrian chemical file and the regime’s repeated violations once again took center stage during the monthly UN Security Council meeting chaired by the US.

Deputy Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Adedeji Ibo, underscored the regime’s failure to provide the necessary information to conclude investigations. He emphasized that the absence of accountability for deploying these prohibited weapons constitutes a grave threat to international peace and security.

Linda Thomas Greenfield, the Permanent Representative of the United States to the Security Council, voiced Washington’s determination to persistently pressure the organization despite the regime’s attempts to impede its anti-chemical weapons activities. She denounced the regime’s chemical crimes in Eastern Ghouta, which led to the deaths of hundreds.

France’s permanent representative to the Security Council condemned the regime’s utilization of chemical weapons as a war crime and criticized its continued flouting of international law through deceptive practices.

The British Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Disarmament Affairs stated that the regime had deployed chemical weapons on at least nine separate occasions in various locations.

It’s important to note that the chemical attacks orchestrated by Syrian regime forces on multiple areas within the country resulted in a death toll of at least 1,510 people and approximately 12,000 injuries during the 2017 incidents, as reported by the Syrian Network for Human Rights.