Syria has reached ‘point of no return’ over chemical attacks: France

Published April 14, 2018, 9:54 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Agence France-Presse

France warned Friday that Syria’s government had reached a “point of no return” by using chemical weapons and vowed to confront the “intolerable threat” of such attacks to global security.

A man is washed following alleged chemical weapons attack, in what is said to be Douma, Syria in this still image from video obtained by Reuters on April 8, 2018. (White Helmets/Reuters TV via REUTERS / MANILA BULLETIN)
A man is washed following alleged chemical weapons attack, in what is said to be Douma, Syria in this still image from video obtained by Reuters on April 8, 2018.
(White Helmets/Reuters TV via REUTERS / MANILA BULLETIN)

French Ambassador Francois Delattre told a Security Council meeting that world powers must respond to the threat of repeated use of toxic gas as a weapon in Syria’s war.

By “deciding once again to use chemical weapons” in the rebel-held town of Douma, “the regime has reached a point of no-return,” Delattre said.

“France will shoulder its responsibility to end an intolerable threat to our collective security,” he said. “We must cease the chemical weapons escalation in Syria.”

The United States is consulting with Britain and France about a joint military response to the attack in Douma that medics and rescuers said killed at least 40 people Saturday.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said no decision had been taken on military action and stressed the importance of carefully assessing the implications.

Russia and Syria have denied that a chemical attack took place and said video footage and photographs were staged by President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents.

 
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