The UN clarified the procedure for the investigation of the alleged chemical attack in Syria
If the use of chemical agents is confirmed, the Joint UN and OPCW to investigate himatic will begin work on the establishment responsible for the incident.
UN, April 11. /Offset. TASS Oleg Zelenin/. Experts from the Organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) began to study information about a chemical attack, allegedly committed in the Syrian city of Khan shaykhun April 4, and to make definite conclusions on the incident yet. This was stated to journalists by the official representative of the Secretary-General of the world organization Stefan Dujarric.
He explained that if the fact the combat use of toxic substances is confirmed, the Joint UN and OPCW to investigate chemical attacks (CMP) will start work to establish the liability for the incident.
“Mission fact-finding OPCW (MUF) currently collects and analyzes information,” — said Dyuzharrik. According to him, “as soon as the experts will be able to confirm that chemical weapons were used, would assume Joint mechanism”. “But this is still early,” — said the representative of the Secretary General. He referred to the resolution of the Security Council and 2235 2319, according to which the CMP is authorized to investigate only those incidents, “in which the Mission fact-finding confirmed the use of chemicals as weapons.”
Commenting on the discussion in the security Council draft resolution on investigation of the incident in Khan Sheyhun, Dujarric gave to understand that at the disposal of the UN and the OPCW already has all the necessary tools in order to establish the circumstances of the incident. He recalled that the University has the authority to determine whether to apply poisons, while CMP is engaged in the search for those responsible for such attacks.
On 4 April, Reuters, citing the London-based “Syrian monitoring centre for human rights” (The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) reported that in the city of Khan shaykhun in the Syrian province of Idlib as a result of the impact of the Syrian or Russian aircraft killed dozens of civilians.
The Agency argued that the strike could cause of the Syrian government forces, who used “toxic gas”. Russian and Syrian military has denied any involvement in the incident.
US forces last week on the orders of the President of Donald trump has launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the military airport in the Syrian province of HOMS. Washington has described the operation of the response to the intended application of April 4 chemical weapons in the Syrian province of Idlib.
According to the defense Ministry of the Russian Federation, Syrian air force on 4 April bombed the shop, where militants made ammunition with toxic substances that existed in Iraq and were used in Aleppo. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow believes the us strikes against a military base in HOMS aggression against a sovereign state.