UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said that the UN will discuss a chemical attack in Idlib on the meeting of the Security Council, reports Reuters.
“I’m sure there’s gonna be an [extraordinary] meeting of the UN Security Council, during which the organization will require that the guilty are found and punished,” said de Mistura during a joint press conference with EU high representative for foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini. He also pointed out that the attack was carried out from the air.
Previously, an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council called on the Minister of foreign Affairs of France Jean-Marc Ayrault, has transferred Reuters.
Earlier on April 4 monitoring center for human rights in Syria reported that in the city of Khan shaykhun in Idlib province the victims of the chemical attacks from the air were at least 58 people, including 11 children. According to human rights activists, the city was bombed, presumably filled with sarin or chlorine. In the attack, many were suffocated and lost consciousness, some victims mouth was foaming, said the staff of the center.
About the attack, citing data from human rights activists also reported to Reuters. The Agency, citing own information sources among medical and emergency workers that the responsibility for the attacks, allegedly caused by the government of Syria and the Russian HQs to support forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
Damascus immediately declared his innocence to the air strikes with the use of chemical weapons. The Russian defense Ministry also denied the Russian attacks videoconferencing on the village of Khan shaykhun. “The British Agency Reuters, reporting the involvement of the Russian aircraft bombing Hambarian Khan shaykhun, managed to misinterpret even the original source of this news is a British Observatory of human rights in Syria, nothing about it said” — said the defense Ministry.
Officials in Europe and the United States condemned the chemical attack and called for an investigation.
EU high representative for foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini said that the responsibility for the victims in Khan Sheyhun lies with the government of Bashar al-Assad: “it is clear that the main responsibility for the incident bears the regime [Assad], because it is responsible for protecting its people,” she said (quote via Reuters).
French President Francois Hollande bluntly accused the Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons against its own people, Reuters reported.
“Again, the Syrian regime will be to deny the evidence of their responsibility in this massacre. As in 2013, Bashar al-Assad is counting on the complicity of its allies, and impunity”, — said Hollande and suggested that “those who support this regime,” to assess “the extent of its political, strategic and moral responsibilities”.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of great Britain, Boris Johnson has also hinted that a chemical attack involved the government of Bashar al-Assad. He said that this attack “has all the indications” that it was organized “a regime that has repeatedly used chemical weapons,” reported the newspaper The Independent.
In Brussels on 4 April began a two-day conference “the future of Syria and the region”, co-chaired by EU, UN, UK, Germany, Qatar, Kuwait and Norway. It involved 70 delegations representing individual States, international organizations and non-governmental organizations.