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Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs following the OPCW report on the chemical weapon attack in Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April 2017

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I condemn in the strongest terms the use of nerve gas in Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April, as confirmed in a report by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) today. This is the first time since the atrocious attack in Al-Ghouta in August 2013 that nerve gas has been used in the armed conflict in Syria, and once more the lives of numerous civilian victims have been claimed.

I welcome the thorough and professional work of the OPCW and look forward to the investigation and identification of those responsible that will now be carried out by the OPCW-UN joint investigative mechanism (JIM). The use of chemical weapons in Syria is unacceptable, and violates international law. Those responsible must be brought to justice. Impunity is not an option.

Sweden will monitor the issue closely and contribute to the deliberations in the OPCW, the EU and the UN Security Council.

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