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UN Security Council rejected the Russian draft resolution on Syria

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe Russian draft resolution of the UN Security Council in support of sending experts of the OPCW to the Syrian Duma and supporting them was not accepted, as it did not gain the necessary nine votes.

The draft was voted: two permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia and China, as well as Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Bolivia. Against the document: three permanent members of the Security Council – the United States, Britain and France, as well as Poland. Six states abstained from voting.

On Tuesday, the Russian delegation invited the Security Council to adopt a resolution supporting the dispatch of the OPCW mission to the place of the incident in the Duma for investigation. The document condemns “any use of toxic substances as weapons in Syria.” The project welcomes the decision of the OPCW Director General to send experts to investigate in the Duma and requests that the results of the investigation be reported “as soon as possible”. It is also important that the document “requires all parties in Syria to provide free and safe access without delay” to the OPCW experts at the scene of the incident.