France restates position on Syria chemical weapons

Syria/chemical weapons – Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson

Paris, 22 May 2019

Q. – The United States stated on Tuesday that there were “indications” that Bashar al-Assad’s regime had reportedly carried out a new chemical “attack” on 19 May, in north-western Syria this time. Do you have any information about this?

THE SPOKESPERSON – We have noted with concern these allegations, which must be investigated.

We have every confidence in the International Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

President Macron reaffirmed yesterday, together with the German Chancellor, that we remain extremely vigilant with respect to the use of chemical weapons. France reaffirms its constant position against the use of chemical weapons and in support of ensuring that the perpetrators of chemical attacks are punished. It was with this in mind that France launched the International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons on 23 January 2018. (…)./.

Published on 22/05/2019

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