24 states endorse Paris plan to fight chemical weapons

Tillerson expresses concern over situation in NW Syria

Russian Federation is an ally of the Syrian government under President Bashar al-Assad.

"Last year on 4 April in Syria, more that 80 people, including women and children died after being attacked with a powerful neurotoxin ... four years earlier, 2,000 Syrians were gassed in Ghouta with sarin".

France, the United States and their allies want to press on with sanctions based on the findings of last year's expert inquiry, carried out in conjunction with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which found that the Syrian government had used sarin and chlorine gas against its own people.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has blasted U.S. claims that Russian Federation was involved in an alleged recent chemical weapons attacks in eastern Syria.

"We wish to rise above these differences and to propose the establishment of a new worldwide investigative body, which, on the basis of irreproachable and corroborated information received from transparent and credible sources, would be able to establish evidence for the Security Council to identify perpetrators in the use of chemical weapons or chemical warfare agents", Nebenzia told council members.

"There is simply no denying that Russian Federation, by shielding its Syrian ally, has breached its commitments to the United States as a framework guarantor", he added.

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In this regard, Al-Otaibi expressed Kuwait's welcoming of the French initiative to hold the Paris meeting of the International Partnership to combat the impunity of chemical weapons users. "Since two thousand - April 2014, there has been mounting evidence that Syria continues to illicitly possess chemical weapons and use them against its own people", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released in a statement. We remain steadfast in pursuing accountability for those who use chemical weapons.

Jean-Yves Le Drian told the Paris meeting that, "faced by the recent banalisation of the proliferation and use of these odious arms, it is necessary to act".

Hours before the conference, France said it froze the assets of 25 Syrian companies and executives, alongside French, Chinese and Lebanese enterprises that allegedly provided assistance to the Syrian government for the use of chemical weapons. "Not only that you reveal the truth, but you show your true colours in front of the worldwide community", said Nebenzia.

In October the commission says that the Syrian army carried out a chlorine attack in Idlib province in March 2015.

United Nations war crimes investigators say later they have evidence that Syrian government forces were responsible, allegations rejected by Moscow.

Activists and rescue teams said the Syrian government launched an attack Monday with suspected poisonous gas that affected almost 20 civilians in a rebel-held suburb near Damascus. According to medical data, six people have sought medical attention because of breathing problems caused by a possible chemical attack.

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