Russia and China have made to the UN security Council draft resolution against chemical weapons falling into the hands of terrorists in Iraq and Syria. This was told to journalists by the Deputy permanent representative of Russia to the UN Vladimir Safronkov, reports TASS.
The document was circulated on 24 March at a closed meeting, convened at the initiative of the Russian side. Safronkov said that the text of the resolution is still relevant.
“We need to get down to the serious work, based on the professional facts. Professionals prove that chemical terrorism in the middle East is a real threat,” — said the diplomat.
In early March, the UN has published data showing that, in Mosul, about 12 people were treated after the probable use of chemical weapons. The President of the UN security Council in March and the special envoy of the Kingdom Matthew Rycroft expressed hope that Iraq will continue the investigation on the possible use by terrorists of chemical weapons.
The organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) said the “serious concern” after the publication of this information.
However, in mid-March, the special envoy of Iraq to the UN Mohammed Ali al-Hakim said that the authorities found no evidence of use of chemical weapons by militants of the “Islamic state” (declared a terrorist organization and prohibited in Russia).
Russia and China had already introduced the draft resolution against chemical weapons to the UN security Council in April 2016. However, it was never adopted.