World Security Council deadlocks again on Syria chemical attacks

04:25  11 april  2018
04:25  11 april  2018 Source:   Associated Press

Russia says it warned U.S. of 'grave repercussions' if Syria attacked

  Russia says it warned U.S. of 'grave repercussions' if Syria attacked Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Monday that Moscow has warned the United States of "grave repercussions" if it carries out an attack against Syrian government forces over reports of a deadly chemical weapons attack. "There was no chemical weapons attack," Nebenzia told the U.N. Security Council."Through the relevant channels we already conveyed to the U.S. that armed force under mendacious pretext against Syria – where, at the request of the legitimate government of a country, Russian troops have been deployed - could lead to grave repercussions," he said.U.S.

But action remained elusive in a deeply acrimonious Security Council , long divided over how to investigate these alleged attacks and hold those responsible to account. Moscow blames Israel for air strike in Syria , disputes chemical attack . Russia – a key ally of the Syrian government – says

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Members of the Security Council vote after presentations for a resolution drafted by the United States for an independent investigation on the use of chemical weapons in Syria during a Security Council meeting, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)© The Associated Press Members of the Security Council vote after presentations for a resolution drafted by the United States for an independent investigation on the use of chemical weapons in Syria during a Security Council meeting, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

UNITED NATIONS — Rival U.S. and Russian resolutions to determine responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria suffered defeats at the United Nations on Tuesday, a result that the Russian ambassador said the Trump administration wanted so it can "justify the use of force against Syria."

The Security Council also rejected another Russian-drafted resolution that would have welcomed an investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons of allegations of a weekend chemical attack in the suburbs of Syria's capital. The U.S., Britain and France opposed the measure, saying that the investigators are already headed there and that the text didn't include a new way to assess blame for chemical attacks.

Russia urges U.S.: Refrain from Syria plans you are developing

  Russia urges U.S.: Refrain from Syria plans you are developing Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia appealed to the United States on Tuesday to "refrain" from any action it might be planning against Syria over a suspected deadly chemical weapons attack. "The threats you are proffering that you're stating vis-a-vis Syria should make us seriously worried, all of us, because we could find ourselves on the threshold of some very sad and serious events," Nebenzia told U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

UNITED NATIONS (2ND UPDATE) - The United States and Russia agreed a draft UN Security Council resolution Thursday on destroying Syria 's chemical weapons, breaking a prolonged deadlock over the country's bitter conflict.

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The council has met four times in the past week on chemical weapons in Syria, with the U.S., Britain and France facing off against Russia, Syrian President Bashar Assad's key ally that insists no chemical attack took place in the Douma suburb.

As tensions escalate over possible U.S.-led military reprisals for the suspected attack, the U.N.'s most powerful body remained paralyzed, unable to overcome its deep divisions that have been a hallmark of its debates during the seven years of conflict in Syria.

Sweden's ambassador, Olof Skoog, who tried unsuccessfully to find a compromise solution, told the council after the third vote that he was disappointed.

"I just hope that we do not consider this the end when it comes to ensuring that the facts are established ant that there is a true accountability and no more impunity for the horrendous use of chemical weapons in Syria and elsewhere," Skoog said.

Syria calls U.S. threats to attack it 'reckless'

  Syria calls U.S. threats to attack it 'reckless' <p>The statement by the Foreign Ministry in Damascus comes as a war of words is raging between Washington and Moscow over last weekend's suspected chemical attack.</p><p></p>The statement by the Foreign Ministry in Damascus comes as a war of words is raging between Washington and Moscow over last weekend's suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town near the Syrian capital. Activists and first responders say the attack killed more than 40 people. Syria and its ally Russia deny such an attack happened.

Members voiced frustration over the persistent deadlock in the Security Council SACHA SERGIO LLORENTTY (Bolivia), noting that his country had called for today’s meeting, expressed concern that while the Council had been debating proposals for the investigation of chemical attacks in Syria , the

Syrian ally Russia has cast 11 vetoes on possible Security Council action on Syria since the An international investigation into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria will end on Haley warned on Thursday: "We will do it again if we must." Despite the public deadlock and war of

After the defeat of Russia's second resolution, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said to U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley: "I would once again ask you, once again beseech you, to refrain from the plans that you're currently developing for Syria."

The threats of U.S. military action against Syria "should make us seriously worried, all of us," Nebenzia said.

In Tuesday's first vote, Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted resolution that would have condemned the suspected Douma attack in the strongest terms and established a new independent and impartial investigative body to determine responsibility for Syrian chemical attacks.

The vote was 12 in favor, with Bolivia joining Russia in voting "no" and China abstaining.

"History will record that, on this day, Russia chose protecting a monster over the lives of the Syrian people," Haley said, referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Moscow says priority in Syria to avert US-Russia conflict

  Moscow says priority in Syria to avert US-Russia conflict Russia's UN ambassador said Thursday that the priority in Syria was to avert US-led military strikes that could lead to a dangerous war between Russia and the United States. "The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war," Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters following a closed-door meeting of the Security Council.Asked if he was referring to a war between the United States and Russia, he said: "We cannot exclude any possibilities unfortunately because we saw the messages that were coming from Washington.

A Syrian doctor treating a boy following a suspected chemical attack , in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria , from video provided on April 4, 2017. France calls for UN Security Council meet on Syria chemical attack .

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She said the United States "went the extra mile" to get Russian support for the resolution to ensure that a new investigative body would be impartial, independent and professional — provisions she said were not in the rival Russian resolution.

Haley said the Russian draft would have allowed Russia to choose the investigators and assess the outcome of the investigation. "Does any of that sound independent or impartial?"

Nebenzia accused the United States of trying to mislead the international community and said it is "taking one more step toward confrontation."

He said the U.S. and its allies didn't need a resolution to determine responsibility because it was already blaming Syria and Russia.

"You do not want to hear the fact that no traces of a chemical attack were found in Douma," Nebenzia said. "You simply have been looking for a pretext" and want the resolution to fail "to justify the use of force against Syria."

A joint U.N.-OPCW investigative team accused Syria of using chlorine gas in at least two attacks in 2014 and 2015 and the nerve agent sarin in an aerial attack on Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017 that killed about 100 people and affected about 200 others. The latter attack led to a U.S. airstrike on a Syrian airfield.

UN chief urges restraint after strikes on Syria

  UN chief urges restraint after strikes on Syria <p>UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for restraint and for countries to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation in Syria after the United States, France and Britain carried out strikes.</p>Guterres delayed a planned trip to Saudi Arabia to deal with the aftermath of the military action.

The United Nations Security Council will meet twice on Monday following rival requests by Russia and the United States after a deadly chemical attack in Syria . Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair urge leaders to break NI deadlock .

Who is to blame for the use of chemical weapons in Syria ? This question was discussed in the UN again . The UN Security Council submitted a new report on the chemical attacks and once again Damascus is to blame.

The team also accused the Islamic State extremist group of using mustard gas twice in 2015 and 2016.

Russia rejected the findings on Syria's culpability and vetoed a Western-backed resolution in November that would have renewed the U.N.-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism, or JIM.

Nebenzia told the council Tuesday the U.S. resolution was trying to recreate the JIM, which he said "became a puppet in the hands of anti-Damascus forces."

The rival Russian resolutions — on a new accountability body and the OPCW fact-finding mission — both failed to get the required nine "yes" votes needed for adoption. The U.S., Britain and France voted against both measures but didn't have to use their vetoes.

Nebenzia and Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said that despite the council's failure to welcome the OPCW fact-finding mission, its investigators are heading to Syria with support from both Russia and Syria.

Nebenzia said two groups of OPCW experts could be on the ground "as early as this week."

Russia, Syria trying to 'sanitize' chemical attack site - U.S. State Dept .
The United States has credible information that Russia and Syria are trying to "sanitize" the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria while also attempting to delay access by inspectors from the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, a State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday. "We have credible information that indicates that Russian officials are working with the Syrian regime to deny and to delay these inspectors from gaining access to Douma ...

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