New York, January 23, 2018 The UN Security Council chaired by Kazakhstan held an extraordinary meeting on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
The Council unanimously condemned the incident that occurred in eastern Ghouta in Syria on 22 January. More than 20 people were allegedly injured as a result of the use of chemical weapons.
All meeting participants expressed concern about the continued use of chemical weapons in Syria, as well as about the fact that the perpetrators of such crimes go unpunished.
In this context, the importance and urgency of the early establishment of a new investigative mechanism was reiterated. In this regard, the delegation of the Russian Federation presented its draft resolution on a new independent UN investigative tool.
The delegation of Kazakhstan welcomed any opportunity to develop a new investigative tool that would effectively counteract future chemical crimes. According to the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan, Kairat Umarov, such a mechanism should be professional, representative, impartial, as well as with a clear mandate and working methods.
"Any delays and inaction on the part of the Council can lead to an increase in the number of chemical weapons use due to the lack of specific plans to respond to such violations," said Permanent Representative Kairat Umarov, calling for the early effective capacity-building of the international community to counter chemical-weapons-related crime.
All members of the Council noted the importance of maintaining the unity of the Council, as well as constructive and operational interaction on this important issue.