UN Security Council votes on rival Russian, US probes into Syrian attack

DW – April 10, 2018

The UN Security Council on Tuesday knocked back two rival resolutions from the US and Russia proposing separate investigations into Saturday’s alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.

The votes followed the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) decision to examine the site of the attack at the request of the Syrian government.

Three draft resolutions:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia put forward a proposal calling for a “transparent and honest” investigation by OPCW investigators. This was knocked back as it failed to garner enough votes for adoption.

Moscow also asked the Council to vote on a second draft text that would also set up an inquiry. The US and its allies already rejected that text when it was first presented in January.

The US resolution, which was vetoed by Russia on Tuesday, proposed establishing a new panel that would also work with OPCW investigators to investigate the attack and determine who was responsible for it. The failed resolution also condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria “in the strongest terms.”