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UN Security Council requests probe into Syrian chemical weapons

AFP / Mario Laporta | Containers of Syrian chemical weapons that were destroyed at sea on July 2, 2014.

The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously asked UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the head of the global anti-chemical weapons watchdog to prepare a plan to set up an inquiry to identify those behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria's civil war.

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Attributing responsibility for poison gas attacks in Syria could pave the way for action by the 15-member Security Council. The body has already threatened consequences for such attacks, which could include sanctions.

The resolution asks Ban, in coordination with the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), to submit within 20 days recommendations for the establishment of an investigative body "to identify to the greatest extent
feasible individuals, entities, groups, or governments" involved in any chemical attacks in Syria.

(REUTERS)

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