“I can announce that the UK and France are calling for an emergency session of the Security Council”
Remarks to the press by Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on Syria
First of all, on chemical weapons in Syria we look forward to the briefing from Kim Won-soo immediately. The JIM was very clear that the Syrian regime did use chemical weapons and I can announce that the UK and France will be putting forward a draft Security Council resolution to our partners on the Security Council to make sure that those members of the regime who were involved in that abhorrent use of chemical weapons in Syria will face the consequences.
I also want to say a word about Aleppo. I’m outraged that the suffering, the poor people of Aleppo, it goes from bad to worse. There is a plan that the UN has to deliver much needed food and medicines and other aid in to the people of Aleppo, and to allow the sick and wounded to leave. Russia complained that the armed opposition have not agreed that plan. Well, they have now agreed that plan, and so I now call on Russia to make sure that the Syrian regime can agree that plan, if there is that agreement then that plan can go ahead. And finally, finally some much needed aid can get in to the people of Aleppo.
There’s also a draft resolution that Spain, Egypt and New Zealand have put together calling for a 10 day pause, and using that pause to allow humanitarian aid in, and for the sick and wounded to leave. We very strongly support that, and I urge the penholders to put that to a vote in the coming days. And finally, I can announce that the UK and France are calling for an emergency session of the Security Council, so that we can hear from Stephen O’Brien, and Staffan de Mistura, and UNICEF about what is going on in Aleppo and what — if anything — further we can do.