EU foreign ministers adopt common stance on alleged chemical weapons in Syria
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (L) and Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn (R) at the start of the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, Apr. 16, 2018. EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND
Belgium Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders (L) and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter Szijjarto (R) at the start of the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, Apr. 16, 2018. EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND
Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (C), Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (front, back to camera), France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (R) and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (2-L, back) meet before the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, Apr. 16, 2018. EPA-EFE/EMMANUEL DUNAND
Luxembourg, Apr 16 (efe-epa).- The foreign ministers of European Union member states on Monday adopted a series of conclusions that condemned alleged chemical weapons usage in Syria and accordingly understood the military action taken by France, the United Kingdom and the United States against the regime in the war-torn country.
The EU's top diplomats, including the bloc's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, were gathered in Luxembourg for a day of talks set to feature the recent military action against alleged chemical weapons facilities owned by the Syrian regime at the top of the agenda.
"We strongly condemn the continued and repeated use of chemical weapons by the regime in Syria, including the latest attack on Douma, which is a grave breach of international law and an affront to human decency," read the adopted text.
"In this context, the Council understands that the targeted US, French and UK airstrikes on chemical weapons facilities in Syria were specific measures having been taken with the sole objective to prevent further use of chemical weapons and chemical substances as weapons by the Syrian regime to kill its own people," it added.
The alleged attack on Douma, a city in Eastern Ghouta that at the time of the attack, Apr. 7, was under rebel control, killed at least 70 people, including 40 whose corpses showed symptoms commonly found in cases exposure to chemical weapons.
Syria and Russia, the regime's principal backer, denied responsibility.