France will go on fighting chemical weapons use - Minister

United Nations – Rejection of the resolution on the use of chemical weapons in Syria – Statement by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Paris, 28 February 2017

With the United States and the United Kingdom, France presented to the United Nations Security Council a draft resolution aimed at imposing sanctions against the perpetrators of the chemical attacks which the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) confirmed in Syria. Russia decided to veto this text. This carries a heavy responsibility towards the Syrian people and the rest of mankind.

By adopting the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the international community wanted to ban the development, production, stockpiling and use of such weapons of mass destruction forever. This non-proliferation regime must be safeguarded at all costs. It is key to international peace and security.

In Syria, the use of chemical weapons by the regime and by Daesh [so-called ISIL], including against civilians, is intolerable. It is vital not to allow the crimes of those who choose to use such weapons to go unpunished. That is why France initiated this draft resolution with its partners. It sincerely regrets that the Security Council was unable to unite to deal accordingly with such acts.

France will not accept the atrocities the Syrian people continue to suffer. It will continue its efforts, with its partners, to fight against impunity and the use of chemical weapons. It calls on the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to remain fully mobilized in this regard./.

Published on 08/03/2017

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