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Syria/chemical weapons

Published on June 4, 2013
Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Paris, June 4, 2013

This morning I had a meeting, on my initiative, with Professor Åke Sellström, head of the investigation mission set up by the United Nations Secretary-General and tasked with establishing the facts about the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

On France’s behalf, I handed him the results of the analyses carried out by our laboratory, chosen by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to identify military toxins.

These analyses demonstrate the presence of sarin gas in the samples in our possession. In view of this evidence, France is now certain that sarin gas has been used in Syria several times and in a localized manner.

We decided to inform the relevant UN mission of the evidence in our possession, immediately and publicly. It would be intolerable for those guilty of these crimes to enjoy impunity./.

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