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UN Security Council Meets on Syria "Gas Attack"


The United Nations Security Council called an emergency meeting for 5 April 2017 to discuss the suspected chemical warfare attack that occurred 4 April 2017. 

In addition, a joint resolution, proffered by France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, called for an objective investigation by the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in addition to calling for "Syria to provide flight plans, flight logs, and other information on its military operations on the day of the assault". No vote was scheduled or acted on in the meeting today. 

During the meeting, French Ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre declared that inaction is no longer an option. British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft expressed the concern that the Security Council should have taken action on Syria the last time that there was confirmed usage of chemical weapons. 

Acting Representative of Russia to the UN Pyotr Ilichov confirmed the Russian Federation's stance on the unacceptability of chemical weapons but criticized the UN's approach as well as the resolution put forth, calling it irresponsible.

The Syrian representative Munzer Munzer continued to deny any usage by the Syrian army of chemical weapons.

A version of this originally appeared in Al Jazeera on 5 April 2017