France: Issue of responsibility regarding Syria chemical attack leads to "acrimonious" exchange in Security Council

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Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the UN. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The issue regarding which side was responsible for the chemical weapons attack in Ghouta, Syria has led to an "acrimonious and non-conclusive" exchange in the Security Council.

That's according to Ambassador Gérard Araud who was speaking in his capacity as France's Ambassador to the UN.

He's also the current president of the UN Security Council for December

Ambassador Araud also touched on accusations about a chemical strike in the district of Khan Al Assal.

"As for Khan Al Assal, the fact is that the mission you know, has reached an agreement with the Syrian government very late, three or four months after the Khan Al Assal attack, and also that in any case the security circumstances did not allow the mission to go to Khan Al Assal.  As for the responsibility, the issue was raised at the initiative of a member which led to  as you can guess, to some acrimonious and non-conclusive exchange."

Khan Al Assal is located near the northern city of Aleppo where UNICEF has decried the possible killing of as many as 28 children in Sunday's bombing raid.

On Monday, Secretary-General briefed members of the Security Council on the UN fact-finding mission's final report on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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