Syria UN envoy says OPCW investigators to arrive Thursday, Friday

Nellie Chapman
April 14, 2018

Syria represents the "most serious threat" to global peace and security, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said today, urging all the member states to show restraint and avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen suffering of the Syrian people.

"I stand ready to support such efforts".

He compared this divide to others - such as the Cold War and the Palestinian-Israeli divide.

Alternatively, a Syria strike could also be justified as action to stop the use or spread of weapons of mass destruction taken because the UN Security Council has been unable to act.

Reports of new alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria's Eastern Ghouta over the weekend have been condemned by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who has repeated his call for the Security Council to "find unity" on the issue and ensure accountability.

It could be argued a strike is being carried out in support UN Security Council resolutions, as was the case in 1998 when a USA and British bombing campaign hit Iraqi weapons research and storage facilities to retaliate for the Iraqi government's refusal to cooperate fully with UN weapons inspectors. "We must not stay silent in the face of chemical weapons use in our own time".

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Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected deadly poison gas attack, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Over 70 people died and a further 500 were injured in the town of Douma near Damascus on Saturday.

Trump ordered a strike on a Syrian airbase past year after Damascus was blamed for a chemical weapons attack which killed more than 80 people.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) the body monitoring and facilitating implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997 has dispatched a fact-finding mission to Syria in response to latest allegations of chemical weapons use.

It said it had asked the Syrian government to "make the necessary arrangements for such a deployment".

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