The representatives of all the 15 countries currently making up the UN Security Council approved a draft resolution on setting up a mechanism to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria and identify those responsible for this on Aug. 7.
The resolution stipulates, in particular, that within 20 days after its adoption, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will present its recommendations to the UN Security Council regarding the establishment of a joint UN-OPCW mission to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
The nascent institution would be mandated to identify particular individuals, organizations, groups, or governments responsible for the use of chemical weapons or the financing of such use.
"We deem it extremely important that the joint investigative mission should be able to establish relations inside the country, without which the work of the mechanism members on the ground would be simply impossible. We are sure that, as it did before, Damascus will provide the necessary assistance to the joint investigative mission and the OPCW mission in finding the facts of the possible use of chlorine as a chemical weapon. We expect the same from the opposition,"says Russian permanent representative at the UN Vitaly Churkin after the UNSC meeting.
"We presume that today's decision is primarily preemptive in nature and will put a firm barrier to the further use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Syria," Churkin said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had agreed upon a relevant draft resolution in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 6.
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