Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson on the publication of a OPCW-report on the plausibility of a chemical weapons attack in Syria

Jun 30, 2017

A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (30 June) on the publication of a report by the fact-finding mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the plausibility of a chemical weapons attack in Syria:

The comprehensive, thoroughly researched report by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) draws the clear conclusion that sarin was used on 4 April in Khan Sheikhoun.

Sadly, it has therefore been substantiated that the use of an internationally banned nerve gas killed approximately 100 people and injured at least 200. This clearly proves all those wrong who claimed that sarin was never used in Khan Sheikhoun.

We most strongly condemn the employment of chemical weapons in Syria, which has now been proven beyond a doubt. As a next step, it is important to swiftly identify
the individuals who were responsible for this barbaric crime. Anyone who uses chemical weapons needs to be fully aware that the international community does not tolerate the use of these banned weapons, and that those who are responsible will be held accountable. We believe the United Nations Security Council has a special obligation to ensure that this happens.

The OPCW‑UN Joint Investigative Mechanism will now begin to look into who was responsible for this event. Should this investigation conclude – as all evidence seems to suggest – that the Syrian regime is to blame for the use of sarin in Khan Sheikhoun, then this would be a new, flagrant and most severe violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, of which Syria is a member.

The Federal Government wishes to thank the OPCW for its thorough and professional Investigation.


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