France calls for urgent UN Security Council meeting on use of chemical weapons in Aleppo


The situation in Aleppo could be one of the biggest mass killings of civilians since the World War II, said the permanent representative of France to the United Nations François Delattre.

He emphasized that delegations of France and England will demand sanctions against Syria due to the use of chemical weapons, confirmed by experts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

He added that the Syrian regime decided to take Aleppo “at any cost”.

“In these tragic circumstances, France and its partners cannot remain silent in the face of what could be one of the biggest massacres of civilian populations since World War II,” said Delattre.

In turn, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin said that the Russian delegation will not support the resolution proposed by France and the United Kingdom.

The military conflict in Syria continues since 2011 . The fighting involves government forces, the opposition, the radical Islamists, Kurds and other forces. A significant part of Syria is controlled by militants of ISIS.

The largest city of Syria – Aleppo – is partly controlled by the armed opposition since July 2012. The rebels hold the east of the city and several districts in the west.