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Sweden submits new draft resolution on Syria to UN Security Council


Sweden has prepared a new draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria, envisaging an investigative mechanism and an international mission that would look into reports of chemical stockpiles held by Damascus, the country’s UN envoy Olof Skoog said on Thursday, APA reports quoting TASS.

 

He said the proposed resolution expresses support for the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission, which is currently heading to Syria to investigate claims of a chemical incident in the city of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus.

 

In addition, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will be tasked with mediating talks of UN Security Council members on creating "an impartial mechanism for attribution of guilt and responsibility and accountability" for the use of chemical weapons during the Syrian conflict.

 

The draft also envisages sending a "high level disarmament mission" to Syria that would "immediately just go to Syria and try to sort out all these disarmament issues once and for all and very quickly."

 

"They're in our draft," he said. "There will be two separate missions there's a sequence in all of this. There's the FFM [fact-finding mission], it's the attribution and it is the HL [high-level] mission on disarmament."

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