World Bulletin / News Desk
The statement was released on the anniversary of a deadly chemical attack on Syrian people in Khan Sheikoun by Syrian regime forces.
“Today marks one year since the heinous attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, where Assad’s forces unleashed sarin nerve gas with tragic consequences for hundreds of men, women and children,” the statement said.
The joint statement by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his French and German counterparts Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas, as well as John Sullivan, Acting Secretary of State of the U.S. said: “For more than seven long years there has been no let-up in the atrocities committed by the Syrian regime […] in flagrant violation of international law.”
“The suffering that has been inflicted on the Syrian people by the Assad regime and its backers is abhorrent,” it said, adding: “In 2013, Russia promised to ensure Syria would abandon all of its chemical weapons.”
Reminding that the international investigators mandated by the UN Security Council have found Assad regime “responsible for using poison gas in four separate attacks,” the statement said Russia reacted “by using its Security Council veto to shut down the investigation” instead of fulfilling its promise.
“Each time a chemical weapon is used, it undermines the global consensus against their employment,” it said.
Syrian regime forces carried out 214 chemical attacks against the opposition since 2011, according to a Syrian watchdog.