Syria – Chemical weapons - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (7 September 2017)


Q - According to the UN commission of inquiry, the regime in Damascus is responsible for the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, and Syrian forces continued to carry out chemical attacks until July 2017. The red line established by the French President was crossed. What is France going to do?

A - We have learned of the conclusions of the report by the independent international commission of inquiry on Syria, led by Sergio Pinheiro. They confirm the Syrian regime’s responsibility for the April 4th sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun, in agreement with our own national assessment published in April. For France, there is no doubt of the Syrian army’s responsibility for this attack. Its perpetrators must be held accountable.

The UN’s Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will publish their definitive conclusions on the establishment of responsibility for this attack based on the conclusions of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission, which established in June that sarin was used.

We will also pay the utmost attention to corroborating evidence uncovered by the Pinheiro Commission on the various types of chemical attacks carried out in 2017.