Syria conflict: U.S. urges United Nations to condemn Russian Federation over chemical weapons attack

Syria conflict: U.S. urges United Nations to condemn Russian Federation over chemical weapons attack

"This resolution is the bare minimum that the council can do to respond to the attack", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council before the vote, referring to reports of a deadly poison gas attack in Syria's Douma.

The new United States draft says the council "will thoroughly assess how to take action" on its conclusions, and reaffirms the council's previous decision to take action against violators under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which includes sanctions and can be enforced militarily.

Russian Federation on Tuesday vetoed a U.S. -drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, Reuters reported.

Donald Trump concluded his national security meeting on Syria without reaching a decision on the type of response his administration may take, the White House said.

Twelve of the 15 members of the UN Security Council voted in favour of the United States text, while Russian Federation and Bolivia voted against it, reports Xinhua.

Moving to return to diplomacy, France said it was working with the United States and Britain on a draft resolution that would address chemical weapons use, the humanitarian crisis and the future of the peace process in Syria.

As it looked to head off the threat of Western strikes, Syria said it had invited the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which has blamed the regime for previous attacks, to visit the site.

"The use of chemical weapons, once allowed to spread, is a threat to everybody and if that takes hold and becomes a routine part of fighting, then we are all at risk", said Security Council diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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The government's capture of Douma, the last town held by the rebels in eastern Ghouta, marked a major victory for Assad. Speaking to reporters in Moscow , Lavrov reiterated a strong warning to the West against military action in Syria.

The National has learned that prior to the White House meeting, U.S. military leaders met late on Wednesday at the Pentagon and finalised a package of strikes options for the USA president but that none of these options would debilitate the Assad regime airpower. "It reveals the capacity and the will to use weapons which are outlawed by global law", he said.

The one-page draft resolution, read by Russia's Permanent Envoy at the UN Vasily Nevenzya, condemned the military action against Syria and called on the three Western countries to "halt the aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic immediately and without any delay" and refrain from further use-of-force actions in violation of the UN Charter.

"The time for talk ended last night", Haley told the UN Security Council.

"The United Kingdom, France, and the United States acted, not as revenge, not as punishment, not as a symbolic show of force", she said.

"The pictures of dead children were not fake news", she said. And we have to know that we're taking every precaution necessary, should we take action.

Russian ambassador Nebenzia has already said, however, that it contains "some unacceptable elements", but it is unclear if they were willing to negotiate on it.

Delattre, the French ambassador, added that the destruction of Syria's chemical program has to happen in a "verifiable and irreversible" way.

A United Nations chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus August 29, 2013.

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