New Zealand urges Security Council to adopt resolution on Syria chemical weapons

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John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

The Security Council must adopt a resolution on chemical weapons use in Syria, Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand told world leaders in the UN General Assembly on Thursday evening.

He recalled that UN inspectors found rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were used in an attack on 21 August in Damascus which killed hundreds of people.

Prime Minister Key said their report makes it very clear that the rockets must have been fired by the Syrian regime.

"It is imperative now that the Council acts. It must adopt a resolution that responds to the use of chemical weapons. It must find a means to hold those responsible to account, and establish an effective mechanism for the destruction of those weapons in line with the proposal developed by the United States and Russia."

He said the resolution must also provide for the protection of civilians.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’03″

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