UN: Russia's first resolution on body to investigate chemical weapons in Syria fails at UNSC

Russia’s resolution on the establishment of an expert body to investigate chemical weapons in Syria failed at a UNSC meeting in New York City on Tuesday, following the Russian veto on a competing resolution by the US.

The UN Security Council meeting was called on Tuesday to vote on resolutions following the alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma on April 7.

Russia put forward a draft that would have established a mechanism for a year, and would have handed the UNSC the responsibility to assign accountability for the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The draft received six votes in favour from Bolivia, China, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Russia. It received seven rejections from France, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States and two countries abstained: the Cote d’Ivoire and Kuwait.

The US’ earlier proposal had also failed after a veto from Russia.

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