Syria: Bombs

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to prevent the use of chlorine bombs in Syria.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

I am appalled by the continuing use of chlorine as a weapon. The Assad regime has repeatedly used chlorine as a weapon against civilians in Syria, in breach of international law and its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention. In Syria, there have been over 50 allegations of chlorine being used as a weapon since UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2209 was passed in March. The UK, along with international partners, remains committed to ensuring that those responsible are held to account. UNSCR 2209 was clear that any future use of chemicals as weapons would trigger Chapter VII measures under the UN Convention.

The UK has worked closely with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons which has recently deployed two Fact Finding Missions to investigate whether chemical weapons have been used on two specific occasions, but is not mandated to attribute responsibility. We await their reports.

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