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France Wants Unanimous Support From UNSC on Syria Chemical Weapons Resolution

© REUTERS / Andrew KellyPermanent Representative of France to the United Nations Francois Delattre speaks to media ahead of a United Nations Security Council vote, aimed at ensuring that U.N. officials can monitor evacuations from besieged parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 18, 2016
Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations Francois Delattre speaks to media ahead of a United Nations Security Council vote, aimed at ensuring that U.N. officials can monitor evacuations from besieged parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 18, 2016 - Sputnik International
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French Ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre says that France hopes to achieve consensus among UN Security Council members related to a draft resolution on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — France hopes to achieve consensus among UN Security Council members related to a draft resolution on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, French Ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre told reporters.

"What is at stake here frankly is the credibility of the Security Council," Delattre said on Friday. "That’s why in good faith, in the best possible spirit, until the last moment we want to achieve the unanimity of the Security Council.”

Delattre said one of the main goals of the draft resolution is to prevent such actions from happening in the future. Voting on the draft unanimously, he added, would send a powerful message.

Foreign Ministers vote during a UN Security Council meeting on Syria at the United Nations in New York on December 18, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Speaking after him, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Peter Wilson said the United Kingdom intended to "move forward with this resolution in the coming days.”

Russian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov said the proposed draft was one-sided and violated the principle of presumption of innocence by prejudging investigation results. He added Russia is ready to put a veto on it.

At the end of 2016, France and the United Kingdom submitted a draft resolution to the Security Council calling for sanctions against those found guilty of using chemical weapons in Syria.

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