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US, France, Britain launch new UN bid for Syria chemical weapons probe

AFP  |  United Nations 

The United States, and Britain today launched a new bid at the to investigate attacks in Syria, just hours after firing military strikes against Syrian targets.

The three allies circulated a joint draft resolution at the that also calls for unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid, enforcing a ceasefire and demands that engage in UN-led peace talks, according to the text obtained by AFP.

The move signalled the West's resolve to return to diplomacy after a one-night military operation that hit sites Western officials said were linked to Syria's program.

Among the contentious proposals, the draft resolution would establish an independent investigation of allegations of in with the aim of identifying the perpetrators.

in November used its veto three times to bury a previous UN-led inquiry which found that Syrian forces had used sarin in the attack on Khan Sheikhun in April last year.

The measure would instruct the (OPCW) to report within 30 days on whether has fully disclosed its chemical weapons stockpile.

The West has accused Syria of failing to live up to its commitment to scrap its chemical weapons program, under a deal reached between the and

The held an emergency meeting earlier at the request of Russia, which failed in a bid to condemn the air strikes.

Only and voted alongside in favour of its draft resolution condemning the military action, while eight countries opposed it. Four countries abstained.

Addressing the council, US said the was confident that the military strikes had crippled Syria's

Haley warned that the was "locked and loaded" if any new was carried out in Syria.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 05:15 IST