Macron vows Syria strike if chemical weapons used

15 February, 2018, 09:29 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Macron vows Syria strike if chemical weapons used

"All chemical munitions and materials that Syria used to keep were handed over to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and then destroyed on board ships in Western countries", he said at a news conference in Damascus.

He acknowledged that French intelligence services don't have the necessary proof to this day that "chemical weapons banned by the treaties have been used against civilian populations".

The French President promised "retaliation and an immediate response from France" if the Syrian regime was found guilty who he said would eventually "be answerable to global justice" for its crimes.

This article has been adapted from its original source. I have told (Russian President Vladimir) Putin to be very clear with the Syrian regime.

The Syrian government strongly denies using chemical weapons and says it does not target civilians.

On January 13, 2018 there was a suspected chlorine attack in an area between Douma and Harasta in Eastern Ghouta, using ground-launched rockets, caused a small number of civilians to be hospitalized for breathing difficulties, according to medics and human rights groups.

"I want a mandatory service, open to women and men", the French leader said on Tuesday, adding that its duration could be "around three months" but could be "longer if we integrate a civic service".

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In retaliation for that alleged attack the U.S. carried out cruise missile strikes on a Syrian regime airbase.

But Defense Minister Florence Parly was more reserved on Friday when asked if Damascus had crossed the "red line".

Questions have been raised about the lack of French reaction to growing evidence that Syrian forces are still using chlorine gas and possibly other substances against opposition forces and civilians.

Have chemical weapons been used in Syria? .

Syria's ambassador to the United Nations says his government will not recognize any constitutional reform body formed outside the framework of a Russian-led peace initiative for his country.

The vice-president of the Syria Civil Defence, or "White Helmets", responded on Tuesday, saying France should stop talking about red lines and focus on real action.

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