UN Secretary-General on Syria: 'The Cold War is back'

Antonio Guterres right addresses the Security Council

As the prospect of a USA strike loomed, the first team of investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Syria to look for evidence, with a second team expected soon.

Jayathma Wickramanayake, the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, said that "the vast majority of youth are peaceful, and are not in danger of participating in violence".

After refusing to accept findings on Syrian government responsibility for last year's attack on civilians in Khan Sheikhoun, Russia used its Security Council veto to block the UN from maintaining a UN-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons joint investigative mechanism working independently and impartially to uncover the perpetrators for such attacks.

"I urge all Member States to show restraint in these unsafe circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation, " he said.

"The Cold War is back with a vengeance, but with a difference". The country is Assad's most powerful ally and has thousands of troops and military advisers, as well as air-defense systems, deployed in Syria.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russian Federation of lies and a coverup in a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, accused Russian Federation of lying and covering up for its ally, the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which she said had used chemical weapons at least 50 times in the past seven years of warfare.

A suspected poison gas attack in the suburbs of the Syrian capital, which killed more than 40 people, has drawn worldwide outrage and prompted the United States and its allies to consider a military strike on Syria.

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He referred to Washington's latest statements on Syria as well as to USA interventions in recent years in both Iraq and Libya.

"They know we are there (in Syria)".

According to a statement of the French presidency, Macron calls for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria.

He advised countries to "act responsibly in these risky circumstances".

China has consistently been in favor of peaceful settlement of disputes, and has been opposed to the use of force or threat of use force in worldwide relations, he said.

In August 2016, a report by the United Nations and the OPCW said the Syrian military used chemical weapons in the town of Talmenes in April 2013 and Sarmin in March 2015, while the Islamic State employed mustard gas in the town of Marea in August 2015. Six of those resolutions would have condemned the regime for chemical weapons attacks.

"If U.K., France, Germany & others stay silent as Syria assumes presidency of U.N.'s Conference on Disarmament-the body which produced the treaty against chemical weapons-this will make a mockery of everything they said this week", Neuer tweeted.

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