France seeks UN sanctions against Syria chemical attack perpetrators


Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called on the United Nations Security Council to vote a resolution that places those who commit chemical attacks in Syria under sanctions, adding that the Syrian army and the Islamic State group had used chemical weapons agaisnt civilians 'on at least three occasions'.

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French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Saturday asked the UN Security Council to condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and urged that those behind the attacks be placed under sanctions, reports FRANCE 24.

"I want... a clear condemnation of these crimes in a resolution from the UN Security Council... that places the perpetrators under sanctions," Ayrault said.

The minister's comments came a day after UN experts said in a report that the Syrian army had attacked a village with chemical weapons in 2015. The Islamic State (IS) group has also been accused of using mustard gas as a weapon.

"The Syrian army and Daesh have used chemical weapons against civilians on at least three occasions," Ayrault said, using an Arabic acronym to refer to IS.

"These acts are inhuman and unacceptable," he said in a statement.

"France will not accept that the use of chemical weapons in Syria, which has now been proven beyond doubt... should remain unpunished," he said.

"We call on all our partners in the Security Council to assume their responsibility."

The United States, Britain and France have repeatedly called for sanctions, particularly against the Syrian regime, over the use of chemical weapons in the five-year conflict.

Read more of this AFP report published by FRANCE 24.


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