UN Security Council to hold competing meetings on Douma chemical attacks

The United Kingdom and Russia have both called for separate Security Council meetings on Syria this week as the latter warns against foreign interference in Syria. France and the European Union called for stronger action against the attacks.
UN Security Council Vote on Syria. December 8th, 2015. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of State

Nine member nations at the U.N. Security Council have called for emergency meetings in light of the chemical attack in Douma this past Saturday. The United Kingdom, France, the United States, Poland, Sweden, Kuwait, Peru and the Ivory Coast have called for a meeting on Monday to address reports of the chemical attack.

Meanwhile, Russia has called for a separate meeting to address what it sees as the rising threat to international peace and security in Syria. Russia’s foreign ministry warned of foreign interference in the country, claiming that its participation is under the request of Syria’s legitimate government. The Russian mission at the United Nations has called for its meeting to also occur later this week.

France has also indicated that it will be investigating the use of chemical weapons and is potentially willing to launch unilateral action to respond to those responsible for it. The European Union has indicated that it believes that the Assad regime is responsible for the chemical attack and called on the international community to take action to stop the use of illegal weapons in Syria.

The United Kingdom’s delegation at the UN tweeted about the meeting:



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