Source: News Bharati English06 Apr 2017 15:50:55
Washington, April 6: In order to think and negotiate accordingly with Russia; Britain, France, and the United States have put on hold the vote at the UN Security Council on a resolution demanding an investigation of the suspected chemical attack in Syria.Russia rejected the draft resolution on Wednesday itself which could still be held today saying it as "categorically unacceptable," suggesting it is ready to veto the measure if no compromise text is agreed. British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said that "the negotiations continue with our colleagues on the Security Council and I would not anticipate them coming to a conclusion."
The draft resolution backs a probe by the Organisation of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and demands that the Syrian government cooperate to provide information about its military operations on the day of the assault.
At least 72 people, including 20 children, died in Tuesday's chemical attack in Idlib province. Dozens more were left gasping for air, convulsing and foaming at the mouth, doctors said.
After 2013, this one is thought to be one of the worst attacks of Syria when sarin gas was used. Britain, France and the United States blame President Bashar al-Assad's forces for the attack, but the Syrian army has denied any involvement. "We very much hope that it will be possible for everyone to come together," Rycroft said. "If not, we will press ahead."
Russia turned up at the negotiations with a rival draft resolution that made no reference to specific demands that Damascus cooperate with an inquiry, diplomats said.
However, French Ambassador Francois Delattre said that negotiations were being held "in a good spirit" and that "there is a chance" for agreement. "It's time for action no doubt about it," he added. But other diplomats sounded more pessimistic, saying a Russian veto appeared likely. "It's not going well," a council diplomat said.
U.S President Donald Trump said it is now his responsibility to resolve the humanitarian and political crisis in Syria as he opened the door to military action in the country. The 'horrible, horrible' sarin gas attack that killed small children and 'beautiful babies' had a 'big impact' on the president, who declared Wednesday that the attack 'crossed a lot of lines.'
The talks on the proposed council measure opened after US Ambassador Nikki Haley warned of unilateral US action if the United Nations fails to respond to the attack. "When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action," she told an emergency council meeting on the attack on Khan Sheikhun. Prime Minister Theresa May also condemned the suspected sarin gas attack and called for an end to the appalling suffering of civilians.