Security Council which demands that Damascus grant full
access to UN inspectors at any military site in Syria, under the
threat of military action.
votes against, three abstentions. The draft resolution has not
been adopted owing to the negative vote of a permanent
member of Council," US Ambassador and current Security
Council President Nikki Haley stated.
an international crisis over the alleged use of chemical
weapons in the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria’s Idlib
province on April 4. The US has already declared the Syrian
government guilty of the alleged sarin gas attack and
retaliated with a barrage of cruise missiles targeting a Syrian
airbase, from which, Washington claimed, the attack was
rushed, illegal and potentially playing into the hands of
terrorists. Washington accused Russia of complicity in the
alleged crime and demanded that it stop supporting the
government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
the fresh document did not lay the blame for it on Damascus.
It also referred to the incident as the “reported use of chemical
weapons” rather than stating that such use did take place as a
in terms of demands to submit to an investigation of the
incident. It said inspectors chosen by the UN and the
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW) must be given prompt and unrestricted access to “any
and all sites” they choose, provided with flight plans and logs
they request, and given the names of military officers “in
command of any aircraft” they probe. Damascus would also
have to “arrange meetings requested, including with generals
or other officers, within no more than five days of the date on
which such meeting is requested.”
exposed to military action mandated by the UN Security
Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.
The rebel forces controlling Khan Shaykhun were only asked to
“provide delay-free and safe access” to the site of the reported