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Syria/chemical weapons – Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs (04.06.13)

This morning I had a meeting, on my initiative, with Professor Åke Sellström, head of the investigation mission set up by the United Nations Secretary-General and tasked with establishing the facts about the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

On France’s behalf, I handed him the results of the analyses carried out by our laboratory, chosen by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to identify military toxins.

These analyses demonstrate the presence of sarin gas in the samples in our possession. In view of this evidence, France is now certain that sarin gas has been used in Syria several times and in a localized manner.

We decided to inform the relevant UN mission of the evidence in our possession, immediately and publicly. It would be intolerable for those guilty of these crimes to enjoy impunity.

Syria - Chemical weapons(Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - June 5, 2013)

Following Laurent Fabius’s statement on the use of sarin gas in Syria, what does France expect of its partners? How do you explain Washington’s wait-and-see policy?

We’ve provided evidence of the use of sarin gas in Syria to the commission of inquiry tasked by the UN Secretary-General with shedding full light on these atrocities.

It is now urgent and essential that the Damascus regime grant the members of this commission of inquiry free access to the entire Syrian territory so that the whole truth behind these atrocities can be uncovered.

We will draw all the conclusions in cooperation with our partners, with whom we are in continuous contact. All options are on the table.



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