Ambassador Haley on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
April 7, 2017

Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, addressed the UN Security Council at an emergency meeting on Syria. Insisting the meeting be held publicly<>, Ambassador Haley made clear to Syria and its backers that the Assad regime can no longer act with impunity.

“On Tuesday, the Assad regime launched yet another chemical attack on civilians, murdering innocent men, women, and children in the most gruesome way. Assad did this because he thought he could get away with it. He thought he could get away with it because he knew Russia would have his back. That changed last night…

“Russia is supposed to be a guarantor of the removal of chemical weapons from Syria. Think about that. Russia is supposed to have removed all the chemical weapons from Syria, but obviously that has not happened, as innocent Syrians continue to be murdered in chemical attacks. Let’s think about the possible reasons for Russia’s failure. It could be that Russia is knowingly allowing chemical weapons to remain in Syria. It could be that Russia has been incompetent in its efforts to remove the chemical weapons. Or, it could be that the Assad regime is playing the Russians for fools, telling them that there are no chemical weapons, all the while stockpiling them on their bases. The world is waiting for the Russian government to act responsibly in Syria. The world is waiting for Russia to reconsider its misplaced alliance with Bashar Assad. The United States will no longer wait for Assad to use chemical weapons without any consequences. Those days are over…The United States took a very measured step last night. We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary. ”
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