Diplomats: US wants a UN team to determine blame for Syria gas attacks

May 5, 2015 21:12

UNITED NATIONS - The United States wants a team of United Nations investigators to determine who is to blame for chemicals weapons attacks in Syria in a bid to pave the way for Security Council action against those responsible, diplomats said on Tuesday.

Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the United States had given him a draft Security Council resolution on the proposal on Monday, which he sent back to Moscow for study. Russia is an ally of Syria and has protected President Bashar Assad from council action during the four-year civil war.

Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons program in 2013, but the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has since found chlorine has been "systematically and repeatedly" used as a weapon. The group is not mandated to lay blame.

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