The United States informed the UN Security Council yesterday, Thursday, that the Syrian regime has been involved in at least 50 chemical weapons attacks against its people since 2011.
This came in the speech of Richard Mills, the US Deputy Representative to the United Nations, during the regular session of the Security Council held on virtual chemical weapons in Syria.
During the session, Mills said that Washington appreciates the atrocities of the Syrian regime, some of which rise to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity, as including at least 50 chemical weapons attacks since the start of the conflict.
He stressed that the United States continues to assess that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad still maintains sufficient chemical materials to use sarin gas, to produce and deploy chlorine munitions, and to develop new chemical weapons.
He added that the Syrian regime continues to ignore the calls of the international community for full disclosure of its chemical weapons program and its verifiable destruction.
He stated that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed that there were reasonable grounds to believe that the Syrian regime carried out an attack with poisonous chlorine gas in Saraqib, Idlib governorate, on February 4, 2018.
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
On April 13, the organization issued a report confirming that the Syrian regime’s air forces had carried out a chlorine gas attack on the city of Saraqib in the northwest of the country.
In the wake of the report, the organization voted – on the 22nd of the same month – by a two-thirds majority in favor of a memorandum supported by several countries, including France, Britain and the United States, stipulating the suspension of the “rights and privileges” of Damascus inside it, including the right to vote.
In a related context, 5 European countries – Estonia, France, Ireland, Belgium and Germany – welcomed the suspension of Syria’s “rights and privileges” within the organization.
The delegates of the five countries to the United Nations affirmed – in a joint statement Thursday – the commitment to strengthening collective efforts to ensure accountability for the perpetrators of chemical attacks.