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Guterres urges UNSC unity after 'outrageous' chemical weapons attack in Syria


New York, April 11 (IANS/AKI) on Tuesday said he was "outraged" by reports of a attack in the Syrian town of and urged the to "find unity" in a vote on US and Russian draft resolutions on the incident.

"I am outraged by the continued reports of use of in the Syrian Arab Republic," he said in a statement.

"I reiterate my strong condemnation of the use of against the civilian population. Any confirmed use of chemical weapons, by any party to the conflict and under any circumstances, is abhorrent and a clear violation of international law.

Guterres said he fully supported the fact-finding mission by the which the OPCW said on Tuesday would deploy to "shortly".

The mission should be granted full access to the site of the alleged "without any restrictions or impediments to perform its activities.

"The norms against chemical weapons must be upheld. I appeal to the to fulfil its responsibility and find unity on this issue. I also encourage the Council to redouble its efforts to agree on a dedicated mechanism for accountability."

"I stand ready to support such efforts," he said.

The US draft resolution wants a new panel to be set up that would investigate and apportion blame for in Syria, but is likely to veto the proposal. and its military backer, Russia, both said they wanted to facilitate a visit by inspectors.

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Dozens were killed in the alleged on the rebel enclave of in Eastern Ghouta outside and but exact numbers are impossible to verify. International humanitarian organisations have not been allowed to enter since early March due to a government's siege.

US has pledged a "forceful" response to the Douma attack, and has spoken of numerous military options.



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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 00:26 IST