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UNSC fails to adopt resolution on Syria chemical attacks probe

UN Security Council rejects Bolivia's draft resolution on chemical attacks probe in Syria UN Security Council to discuss new resolution on Syria investigative mission on Friday
Evangelisti Maggiorino | 18 Novembre, 2017, 03:50

Eleven of the council's 15 members voted in favour of the US-drafted resolution to allow the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) to continue its work of identifying perpetrators of Syria's toxic gas attacks.

"There was nothing balanced in the USA resolution", Nebenzia said, adding that Russian Federation "condemns the use of chemical weapons by anyone" but that the panel's reporting thus far was "a joke - complete nonsense".

The attack on April 4 triggered global outrage as images of dying children were shown worldwide, prompting the United States to launch a missile strike on a Syrian air base a few days later. Bolivia joined Russian Federation in voting against the measure.

"The United States hopes the Security Council will stand united in the face of chemical weapons use against civilians and extend the work of this critical group", the USA mission to the United Nations said in a statement on Wednesday.

He slammed Washington's text as "totally unacceptable", arguing that it would extend the mandate "without changing any of the current activities of the mechanism which are in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention".

Along with Russia, Bolivia voted against the US draft, while China and Egypt abstained, Tass news agency reported.

Japan had requested a vote for Thursday, but diplomats said it was more likely that the council would consider the measure on Friday.

This was the 10th time Russian Federation vetoed a resolution on Syria.

Before the voting, Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations said Russian Federation was withdrawing its draft as the Security Council had refused to satisfy Moscow's request to consider the U.S. draft first.

During a three-hour drama, Russian Federation first vetoed the USA draft resolution which was supported by 11 of the 15 Security Council members.

Syria says terrorists - its word for the opposition - are responsible.

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, said the U.N. panel has "extremely systemic flaws" and denounced the effort to prolong it.

After almost two weeks of negotiations, the two sides failed to bridge differences and the United States called for a vote on its draft resolution.

"China is firmly opposed to the use of chemical weapons by whichever country, organization or person for whatever purposes and under whatever circumstances", said Wu Haitao, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.

Previous reports by the JIM have found that Syrian government forces were responsible for chlorine attacks on three villages in 2014 and 2015, and that the Islamic State group used mustard gas in 2015. Its mandate ends at midnight Thursday.

"What is at stake is the professional, independent, objective, scientific, nonpartisan, depoliticized JIM which we've now got, which we've had before, and which we need in the future", Rycroft said.

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