Eight-year old Make-A-Wish child Janiya Penny reacts after meeting President Barack Obama as he welcomes her family to the Oval Office, Aug. 8, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza
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BBC: UN To Examine Syria Chemical Weapons Attacks
The UN has adopted a resolution aimed at identifying those behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria. UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will be asked to prepare a plan for an inquiry. The vote came after the US and Russia agreed on the final text of the resolution. A mission to eliminate Syria’s chemical arsenal was set up after a deadly attack outside Damascus in August 2013.
Late last year, the OPCW declared it had removed or destroyed all 1,180 tonnes of declared toxic agents and precursor chemicals. After Friday’s vote, the US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, said it was a clear message that the perpetrators would not go unpunished. “Today’s resolution has been adopted with the council’s unanimous support,” she said. “This sends a clear and powerful message to all those involved in chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The joint investigative mechanism will identify you if you gas people.
President Barack Obama listens to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 8, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza
President Barack Obama, assisted by Staff Secretary Joani Walsh, signs bills in the Oval Office, Aug. 8, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza
President Barack Obama walks through the Cross Hall of the White House, Aug. 8, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza