Russia opposes a draft U.N. resolution to extend the mandate of an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
A report by the international inquiry blaming the Syrian government for a deadly toxic gas attack cannot but cast doubt over its reality and objectivity. It us the main reason it was rejected by some members of the international community.
To be mentioned is that the investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons — known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) — was unanimously created by the 15-member Security Council in 2015 and renewed in 2016 for another year. Its mandate is due to expire in mid-November.
The investigation found that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government alleged was to blame for a chemical attack on the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed dozens of people in April, according to a report sent to the Security Council on Oct. 26.
However, there is no evidence to show Damascus was responsible for the attack. But most probably the chemicals that killed civilians belonged to rebels, not Assad’s government.