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UNSC must prevent Syria spiralling out of control: UN chief

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

UN Antonio has appealed to the five permanent members of the to break the current deadlock on reported use of in and prevent the situation spiralling out of control in the war-torn country.

"I have also been closely following developments in the and regret that the Council has so far been unable to reach agreement on this issue, said in a statement.

"Let us not forget that, ultimately, our efforts must be about ending the terrible suffering of the Syrian people," he added.

said that he called the of the five permanent Council members China, France, Russia, the and the on Wednesday to reiterate his "deep concern about the risks of the current impasse" and stressed the need to "avoid the situation spiraling out of control."

On Tuesday, the 15-member body voted on three separate draft resolutions in response to recent allegations of a attack in the Syrian town of None of the texts garnered enough support.

The first draft penned by the which would have established a new investigative mechanism for one year, as well as identify those responsible for the use of chemical weapons, was rejected owing to a negative vote or veto from

Similarly, a competing draft penned by which would have established the mechanism for one year as well but would have given the the responsibility to assign accountability for the use of in Syria, was also not adopted.

The Council rejected a third text also proposed by which concerned the work of the fact-finding mission of the (OPCW), the implementing body of the Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997.

Despite the deadlock in the Security Council, OPCW has said that it would shortly send a team to to "establish the facts" surrounding the incident.

The (WHO) said it has received reports that an estimated 500 patients at Syrian health facilities have exhibited signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals, after the shelling of a suburb over the weekend.

WHO has demanded immediate unhindered access to the area to provide care to those affected, to assess the health impacts, and to deliver a comprehensive public health response.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 11:20 IST
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