Kyiv: The UN Commission investigating the events in Syria has gathered enough evidence to accuse Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of war crimes. This was stated by Commissioner Carla del Ponte.
Asked by the Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung whether there is enough evidence that Assad was convicted of war crimes, she said: "Yes, I am convinced of this. Despite this, the prosecutor and the court are not. "
At the same time, Ponte stated that she would leave the commission, because of the inability of the UN Security Council to create a tribunal for Syria.
"For six years the commission was investigating: now the prosecutor must continue his work and bring the war criminals to a special court, but this is exactly what Russia is blocking its veto in the UN Security Council," Ponte said.
Syrian human rights organization "Syrian Human Rights Network" claimed that Russian troops supported Assad during the chemical attack. According to human rights activists, the strikes of Russian aircraft were aimed at finishing off people affected by the chemical attack. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that there is no evidence of the use of chemical weapons by Asad.
The White House on June 27 reported the preparation of Assad's army for another chemical attack. The US also warned that they are ready to launch an air strike against Syria in the case of chemical weapons use by the Syrian army.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on June 30 stated that during the chemical attack in Syria on April 4 of this year, sarin was used.