UN Security Council to vote on Syria gas attack probe

Turkey says it has "concrete evidence" the nerve agent Sarin was used in a suspected attack by Syrian government forces a week ago, state media report.

Britain, France and the United States put forward the measure which was revised to an extent from a previous text presented last week in response to the suspected sarin gas attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun.

The Security Council vote would come at the end of a visit to Moscow by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Russian Federation is expected to use its veto to block the measure, diplomats said.

In February, Syrian ally Russian Federation, backed by China, cast its seventh veto to protect Assad's government from council action, blocking a bid by Western powers to impose sanctions over accusations of chemical weapons attacks.

The West has accused Assad s forces of carrying out the attack that killed at least 87 civilians, including 31 children, and shocked the world. On April 7, the United States retaliated by launching 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea at the regime-controlled Shayrat Air Base from where jets allegedly took off to stage the Idlib attack. The third draft resolution was circulated by the Security Council's 10 non-permanent members as a compromise option.

Earlier on Tuesday, French Permanent Representative, Francois Delattre, told reporters that the UN Security Council will resume work on the draft resolution to investigate the Khan Sheikhoun incident.

France's United Nations ambassador, Francois Delattre, told reporters at the UN's headquarters it is important that the council put its weight behind the investigation process.

A joint investigative mechanism of the United Nations and the OPCW is mandated to begin work in Syria only after the OPCW fact-finding mission confirms the use of chemical weapons in the province of Idlib, the Sputnik quoted Dujarric as saying.

Recep Akdag made the comments Tuesday after he announced that test results conducted in Turkey on victims of a chemical attack in northern Syria confirmed that sarin gas had been used.

Russian Federation - the main military supporter of Syria's regime - on Tuesday said it was demanding the United Nations conduct an investigation into the chemical attack.

  • Leroy Wright