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Russia, Syria not yet allowed OPCW team into Douma: UK embassy

AFP  |  The Hague 

and have not yet allowed a fact-finding mission from the world's watchdog to enter Douma to probe allegations of a gas poison attack, the here said today.

The of the (OPCW), Ahmet Uzumcu, had briefed emergency talks about the deployment of the team, which arrived Saturday in

But "& have not yet allowed access to Douma. Unfettered access essential," the British delegation to the OPCW based in said in a tweet.

British to the Netherlands, Peter Wilson, urged Monday's meeting "to act to hold perpetrators to account", saying failure to do so "will only risk further barbaric use of chemical weapons, in and beyond".

"The time has come for all members of this council to take a stand," Wilson said, adding "too many duck the responsibility that comes with being a member of this council". He repeated that Britain, together with the and France, on Saturday had struck at a "limited set of targets".

They included "a storage and production facility, a key and a military bunker involved in chemical weapons attacks".

"Hitting these targets will significantly degrade the Syrian regime's ability to research, develop and deploy chemical weapons," Wilson said.

Since Syria joined the OPCW in 2013, "we have sought to use diplomatic channels ... to stop chemical weapons use in Syria but our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted," Wilson said.

It was "shameful" that a lack of accountability for the April 2017 attack on Khan Sheikhun "can only have reassured the Syrian regime that the international community was not serious in its stated commitment to uphold the norm against chemical weapons use," he added.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 18:25 IST