Published: Wed, February 14, 2018

Macron: France will 'strike' if proven Syria using chemical arms

Macron: France will 'strike' if proven Syria using chemical arms

"On chemical weapons, I set a red line and I reaffirm that red line".

At the same time, he added, that "today our services have not established proof that proscribed chemical weapons have been used against civilian populations".

"Use another word because all the red lines have been crossed and the (Syrians) are disappointed with these words", Abdulrahman Almawwas told reporters in Paris.

According to the report, Russian Federation has used its power of veto five times in favour of the regime, in respect of the chemical weapons file - three times in less than a month to stop the expansion of the mission of the Joint Investigation Mechanism which ended its mandate last November.

In a telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 9, Macron said he was "worried about indications suggesting the possible use of chlorine on several occasions against the civilian population in Syria these last few weeks".

Last week, addressing the matter of Syria's chemical weapons' use, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said "all indications" suggested that government forces used chlorine weapons against rebel forces throughout the civil war, although cautiously added that they "hadn't completely documented that". The resolution provided a framework for the elimination of the Syrian regime's chemical weapons arsenal.

United Nations and other experts began probing the allegation in 2015. They also claim that the Syrian regime used the nerve agent sarin in an aerial attack on Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, 2017 that killed about 100 people and affected about 200 others.

His comments follow numerous reports of suspected chlorine attacks in Syria since early January.

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