The issue of establishing responsibility for the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria can be transferred to the UN General Assembly, Interfax reported April 24.
Western countries expressed concern that now the UN does not have a mechanism to establish responsibility for the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Therefore, this gives Syria the opportunity to use chemical weapons in the future.
The existing mechanism, as a matter of fact, is not able to overcome the contradictions which exist between the permanent members of the UN Security Council who have the right of veto. It was suggested to turn to the resolution “Unity for Peace” adopted on November 3, 1950, in order to overcome the situation. This resolution enables the UN General Assembly to consider the issues in the event when the functions of the Security Council are not fulfilled as a result of disagreements among its permanent members.
Joint mechanism of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigated the use of chemical weapons in Syria. However, it ceased to exist on November 18, 2017, when members of the UN Security Council could not agree on the extension of the experts’ mandates.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency