Ellwood welcomes U.N. findings, condemnation of Syria

U.K.Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwiid
U.K.Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwiid | Courtesy of the U.K. Foreign Office Ministry
After the United Nations Security Council on Friday announced its condemnation of Syria's use of chlorine gas, the U.K. foreign office minister for the Middle East praised the decision.

According to Tobias Ellwood, there is evidence that the use of chemical weapons can be tied to the regime under Bashar al-Assad.

"These horrific acts are only the latest entry in an a long catalog of outrageous abuses perpetrated by the Assad regime, including the calculated use of barrel bombs against civilians and the continuing use of food deprivation as a weapon of war," Ellwood said. "The U.K., together with our international partners, will remain committed to holding to account those responsible for these appalling acts."
The Security Council agreed with findings from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, reporting chemical weapons have been used on a repeating basis against Syrian citizens.

 "This is in violation of previous Security Council resolutions, the Chemical Weapons Convention and Syria’s previous commitment to the destruction of chemical weapons," Ellwood said. "This resolution shows the abhorrence the international community feels for these findings."

The Security Council's resolution passed with 14 votes in favor of the measure and only Venezuela abstaining from voting on the resolution. 

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