UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon on 22 August 2013 called for a thorough and prompt investigation into the allegations of the Chemical Weapons use in Syria. Ban KI-moon has asked Syrian Government to allow United Nation to investigate the allegations without any delay. The Security Council also made on announcement that it needs clarity on the latest allegations of use of chemical weapons in Syria.
UN has also decided to send Angela Kane, Disarmament Chief of UN to Damascus to initiate investigations into the allegations. Claiming use of chemical weapons anywhere, by anyone, under any circumstance as violation of international law and a crime against humanity, United Nations warned Bashar al-Assad's government of serious consequences if use of chemical weapons was proved
1993 Chemical Weapons Convention
The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction (the 'CWC', or the 'Convention') aims to eliminate an entire category of weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of chemical weapons by States Parties.
The International treaty prohibits the use of biological and chemical weapons in the warfare. The Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or other Gases, and the Bacteriological Methods of Warfare, or the Geneva Convention is this International Treaty. This was signed into an International Law at Geneva on 17 June 1925. This came into force on 8 February 1928. The treaty states that the biological and chemical weapons are justly condemned by the general opinion of the civilised world.
Apart from United Nations, US President Barack Obama has also ordered intelligence of US to probe into the chemical weapon attack on civilians by Syrian forces.
India has put forward grave concerns towards the allegations of use of chemical weapons in Syria stressing upon the adhering international norms against the use of chemical weapons.
Union Government has called on for complete destruction and elimination of chemical weapons across the world and said pending their elimination, it is vitally important to ensure safe and secured custody of chemical stockpiles and prevent their access to terrorists and non-state actors.
Who: United Nations
When: 22 August 2013