Syria - Human Rights Watch report on the use of chemical weapons (February 13, 2017)

France has taken note with concern of the contents of the Human Rights Watch report of February 13 setting out allegations of repeated chemical attacks in Syria.

These are very serious allegations: The report cites at least 8 chlorine attacks carried out by the Syrian regime against the civilian population in Aleppo between November 17 and December 13, 2016. The regime also repeatedly used conventional military means in order to bolster these attacks.

If confirmed, this information would constitute further proof that the Damascus regime is still not complying with its international obligations and that it is acting in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions. We reaffirm that the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) has conclusively established that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian army on three occasions, and by Daesh in one case.

It is up to the UN Security Council to take action. As it has done so thus far, France is doing its utmost and is continuing to discuss the issue with its Security Council partners in order to adopt a resolution that will impose sanctions on the perpetrators of these attacks.

The use of weapons of mass destruction constitutes a war crime and poses a threat to peace. There is no room for impunity.

Q & A from the daily press briefing (14.02.17)

Q - Has France abandoned the draft resolution at the Security Council to sanction the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government and the Islamic State in Syria?

A - Please refer to today’s statement on this topic.

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