US, UK and France urge UN to maintain Syria chemical experts
The top US, British and French diplomats urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to renew the mandate of experts charged with determining who was responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also said
it's "essential" to seek justice for the victims and hold those responsible accountable.


Their joint statement follows the latest report by experts from the Joint Investigative Mechanism, or JIM, blaming the Syrian government for an attack using sarin nerve gas that killed about 100 people in Khan Sheikhoun in April, and the Islamic State extremist group for a mustard gas attack at Um Hosh in Aleppo in September 2016.


Russia vetoed a US-sponsored council resolution on October 24 that would have renewed the mandate of the experts from the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons which expires on November 14. Russia's ambassador said Moscow wanted to see the JIM report, which was issued two days later.


First published: 11.08.17, 20:27