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Guterres: Situation in the Middle East threatens international peace and security

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Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations , speaks during a Security Council meeting,Friday, April 13,2018 t the UN´s headquarter AP

London: The UN Security Council is currently holding an emergency session on Syria at Russia’s request on Friday.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres said at the session that the worsening situation in the Middle East is threatening international peace and security.

Guterres also said that Syrians have suffered from random attacks, displacement, torture and relentless bombing for over seven years and that the world is watching. He continued by saying that international law has been systematically violated in Syria and that he feels angry at reports of chemical weapons use in the country.

Meanwhile, Russia’s ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said that US threats to use force in Syria is in violation of international law. He added that Washington seems determined to take military action in Syria and this is dangerous.

He went on to say that the alleged chemical attack in Douma is just an American pretext and he blamed the Syrian opposition, not the Assad regime, for it.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the use of chemical weapons in Syria threatens world peace and that Russia is responsible. She also said that no country should use chemical weapons and go unpunished.

Haley also said that Russia used its veto power to protect the Assad regime and prevented the punishment of those who use chemical weapons in Syria.

The Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations Francois Delattre said that the Assad regime is using chemical weapons to attack its opponents in a pre-determined way.