US proposes investigation on Syria chlorine attacks

An investigation committee asked by US to be set up by the UN Security Council regarding chlorine attacks in Syria

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The United States on Thursday proposed to the UN Security Council assemble an investigation committee, which would work to identify the alleged chlorine gas attacks in Syria.

Experts in the committee will be from the United Nations and the United Nations’ Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) chemical watchdog, who will research if it is President Bashar al Assad’s forces who are carrying out the attacks.

The draft resolution will ask UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to come up with recommendations within 15 days regarding the "Joint Investigative Mechanism" that would undertake the investigation, presented to the 15-member council.

According to the draft, investigators will "identify to the greatest extent feasible, individuals, entities, groups, or governments who were perpetrators, organizers, sponsors or otherwise involved in the use of chemical weapons" in Syria.

The members of the committee will be able to travel to Syria to speak with witnesses and to review documents stored by a fact-finding mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

While the draft resolution to be voted in the council is not clear yet, talks regarding the text are to begin next week.

The war in Syria has caused the death of over 230,000 people in its fifth year.

Syrian government has been repeatedly denying the accusation of using chemical weapons on opposition and its people in the conflict which started in 2011.

However, the OPCW has reported that the Syrian army has been using chemical weapons systematically and repeatedly in the country.

TRTWorld and agencies