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India calls for impartial probe on Syria 'chemical attack'

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on Monday called for an impartial and objective investigation by the (OPCW) into the alleged use of in Syria's two weeks ago.

The above statement was made by and Permanent of to OPCW at the 58th meeting of the council of the OPCW, that was convened to discuss allegations regarding the use of in

Rajamony pointed out that the use of chemical weapons anywhere, at any time, by anybody, under any circumstances, cannot be justified and the perpetrators of such abhorrent acts must be held accountable.

He said any use of chemical weapons is in complete disregard of humanity and is reprehensible and contrary to the provisions of the as well as accepted international norms.

Rajamony commended the OPCW for its prompt deployment of the fact-finding mission to and expressed appreciation to the and OPCW staff for their commitment to the aims and work of the organisation often in challenging circumstances.

The (MEA) on Saturday said was closely following the situation in

"We have taken note of the recent strikes in India is closely following the situation. The alleged use of chemical weapons, if true, is deplorable. We call for an impartial and objective investigation by the to establish the facts. In the meantime, we urge all Parties to show restraint and to avoid any further escalation in the situation. The matter should be resolved through dialogue, negotiations, and on the basis of the principles of the United Nations' Charter and in accordance with the international We hope that the long drawn suffering of the people of would come to an end soon," the MEA statement read.

On April 7, an was carried out in Syria's Douma, a rebel-controlled town in Eastern Ghouta, claiming the lives of over 70 civilians, including children.

The White Helmets, a voluntary group, pinned the blame for the assault, which claimed more than 70 civilian lives, on the Syrian Bashar al-Assad's regime.

However, the regime has rejected the claim, calling it a "fabrication" by Jaish al-Islam, the Islamist group controlling the area. Russia, which has backed Assad throughout the seven-year-long civil war, rejected the claim too.

was left infuriated by the attacks, who had pledged serious action against the parties responsible. On April 14, airstrikes were launched by a coalition including the US, the and France, on targets in Syria's capital

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 18:45 IST