UN CONFIRMS SYRIA USED SARIN GAS –U N inspectors completed their investigation and delivered its report on the chemical weapons attack in Damascus on 21 August during the weekend to the UN Security Council.
The UN inspectors mandate was to discover if chemical weapons had been used and to determine the type of chemicals used. The UN inspectors had no mandate to uncover who used such weapons.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has now given an international press statement declaring that the UN inspectors report details the use of chemical weapons in Damascus on 21 August and that the nerve agent used was indeed ‘sarin’ gas as suspected.
Despite the news, and something that was already widely accepted, this does not provide evidence as to ‘who’ ordered their use and whilst the U.S insists it has evidence that Bashar al-Assad was responsible it continues to refuse to disclose such evidence; sighting national security.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has condemned the use as the worst chemical weapons atrocity for over 25 years; citing that this ‘war crime’ is the gravest of violations of international law.
The British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has described the report as damning and is fully consistent with Britain’s assessment that Assad did indeed use sarin gas. Despite his flagrant finger pointing neither he, nor any other member of the British Government, has yet to provide evidence that Bashar al-Assad was responsible.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon further stated that the international community has a responsibility to find and hold those responsible to account and ensure that chemical weapons are never used in any conflict.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon also called on the Security Council to consider and implement a plan that would result in the destruction of all chemical weapons held by Syria.
The issue is now firmly with Bashar al-Assad to comply with the UN order to destroy stockpiles of chemical weapons; something he agreed to recently under the negotiations and advise with his allies from Russia and Iran.
According to the UN this is the most significant ‘confirmed’ use of chemical weapon against a civilian population since Saddam Hussein used such weapons during the conflict in Halabja in 1988; and it further stated that the world must be rid of such destructive weapons.
It is now that the UN must launch a full investigation into exactly who was responsible and if the U.S does have the evidence it purports to have then it must present such evidence to the UN for consideration.
Britain, France and the U.S remain convinced and adamant that Assad was responsible for the atrocity and yet refuse to provide the evidence they claim to hold.
Meanwhile the Russian Government maintains their position that it is most unlikely that Assad, who maintains the stronger position in the conflict, would use such weapons. The Russian Government still suspects Syrian Rebels of using the chemical weapons against their own people in order to garner international support for their cause.
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