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Syria – Use of chemical weapons – Condemnation by the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) - Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson (November 11, 2016)

France welcomes the adoption on November 11 by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) of a decision regarding the reports by the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM).

These reports, which were published on August 24 and October 27, 2016, establish the responsibility of the Syrian regime and Daesh regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The OPCW’s decision condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime in three locations in 2014 and 2015, in complete violation of its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). It reaffirms that the perpetrators of these attacks must be held accountable. It imposes a strengthened verification regime which includes new on-site inspections.

France believes that it is now up to the UN Security Council to follow up on these reports. It is working on this in New York together with its partners.

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