09:11 GMT04 August 2020
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    US President Donald Trump has called on the UN Security Council to support the renewal of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) investigating use of chemical weapons in Syria.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Donald Trump in a statement on Thursday asked the UN Security Council to support the renewal of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) that probes use of chemical weapons in Syria.

    "Need all on the UN Security Council to vote to renew the Joint Investigative Mechanism for Syria to ensure that Assad Regime does not commit mass murder with chemical weapons ever again," Trump wrote in a Twitter message.

    The JIM’s mandate expires on November 17. The United States and Russia have presented two different versions of the renewal, both proposals suggest extending the mission, but on different terms.

    On October 26, JIM presented to the UN Security Council a confidential report on the April sarin attack in the Syrian province of Idlib in which more than 80 people were killed. The report put the blame for the attack on the Syrian government. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the opinions of Russian experts were not taken into consideration during the investigation, though "they are indeed objective, because, unlike the JIM report, they are based on laws of physics, ballistics and technical analysis."    

    "The selective approach and disdain for the OPCW standards played a dirty trick on [JIM head Edmond] Mulet" as the OPCW-UN report is marked by "a low level of professionalism, on the verge of dilettantism" and its conclusions about Damascus' alleged use of sarin nerve agent are "fully untenable," the ministry statement read.


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