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UN Security Council passes resolution calling for inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syrian conflict

The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously passed a resolution asking the UN Secretary General to set up an inquiry to identify those responsible for chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian conflict.

The resolution, passed by the 15 member Security Council, called on the Secretary General to coordinate with the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to submit recommendations for the establishment of an investigative body to “identify the greatest extent feasible individuals, entities, groups, or governments” involved in any chemical attacks in Syria.

The US drafted resolution was passed after the United States struck a deal with Russia, to help pass the resolution, reports Reuters.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said, it was vital for those responsible for chemical attacks to be held accountable.

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