France To Seek Backing For New Mechanism To Assign Blame For Chemical Attacks


PARIS – France will on Friday seek commitments from some 30 countries to support the creation of a new mechanism at the world’s chemical weapons watchdog to enable it to assign blame for attacks carried out with banned munitions, French diplomats said.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague currently only determines whether such attacks have taken place, not who carried them out.

France’s move comes in the wake of a suspected poison gas attack by Syrian government forces east of Damascus in early April. Syria and its ally Russia denied that any attack had taken place and that they were holding up inspections or had tampered with evidence at the site.

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