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16 April 2018, 09:25 | Leigh Flowers
UN chief Antonio Guterres | File AP
After the United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of strikes against Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime on April 14, 2018 in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said that France fired cruise missiles from frigates in the Mediterranean and deployed fighter jets from home bases as part of its strikes.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the US -led airstrikes against Syria, saying maintaining worldwide peace and security is the job of the UN Security Council.
The Russian military on Friday said it had proof that an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria's Eastern Ghouta was staged on orders from London, a claim dismissed by Britain as "a blatant lie".
Regarding the bombed research facility at Barzeh, Ja'afari said that the building was inspected by the OPCW twice in 2017 and the organization found no evidence of any chemical weapons nor the tools with which they could be made.
The text calls for a ceasefire resolution adopted in February but which never materialized to finally take hold and "demands" that President Bashar al-Assad's government engage in peace talks "in good faith, constructively and without preconditions".
The two heads of state think it necessary to intensify bilateral cooperation to get ahead with the political solution in Syria.
"Negotiations on the draft resolution are set to begin on Monday, but diplomats said it remained unclear when the council would vote on the proposal", AFP informs.
Russian Federation called the council meeting to challenge the West over the legality of the military action.
Guterres urged the Security Council, which failed to adopt a resolution on Tuesday on a new investigative mechanism for chemical weapons use in Syria, not to give up on its efforts to agree upon a "dedicated, impartial, objective and independent mechanism" for attributing responsibility. Eight countries opposed condemnation while four abstained.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that air strike by the United States and its allies in Syria grossly breach the United Nations Charter and principles of global law.
The 15-member council met on Saturday at Russia's request: the fifth time it has met regarding Syria since a suspected deadly poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma a week ago.
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