Syria – Chemical weapons – Adoption of a UN General Assembly resolution (New York, November 2, 2016)


France welcomes the adoption, on November 2, by the UN General Assembly’s First Committee, of the resolution presented by Poland on implementing the convention on the prohibition of the use of chemical weapons.

In this resolution, the First Committee of the UN General Assembly condemns for the second consecutive year the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, despite all its commitments, which constitutes a grave and repeated violation of international law.

This resolution follows the latest report by the joint investigative mechanism (JIM) of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, made public on October 27, and which establishes the responsibility of the Syrian regime and Daesh in the use of chemical weapons.

The use of these weapons of mass destruction is a threat to international peace and security, and those responsible for these crimes must be held accountable for their actions. France calls for sanctions on those who have used chemical weapons.