UN rights chief: Security Council must 'wake up' to chemical attacks



GENEVA (dpa)- The UN Security Council must finally spring into action after the latest alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein says, lashing out at the body's veto powers.
"A number of very powerful states are directly involved in the conflict in Syria, and yet they have completely failed to halt this ominous regression towards a chemical weapons free-for-all," he said in Geneva, indirectly referring to countries such as Russia.



"Verbal condemnation is clearly grossly insufficient," the UN high commissioner said ahead of a Security Council meeting on Syria, charging that the world has offered nothing but empty words and a paralysed Security Council.
"The world – and in particular the veto-wielding states on the Security Council - need to wake up, and wake up fast, to the irreparable damage that is being done to one of the most important planks of global arms control and prevention of human suffering," Zeid added.
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Tuesday, April 10th 2018
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