France’s foreign minister said Thursday the Security Council had to respond firmly after a U.N. probe found that Syrian government troops were responsible for two toxic gas attacks.

“The use of chemical weapons, which the Syrian authorities agreed to ban in 2013 under international pressure … is an abomination that highlights the damning role played by the Damascus regime in the worsening situation in Syria,” Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said in a statement.

A joint investigation by the United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog also found that ISIS militants had used sulfur mustard gas, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters.

“France calls for a response that measures the seriousness of this. The Security Council must not shirk its responsibilities and France is already working with its partners” on the matter, Ayrault said.

The 15-member Security Council is due to discuss the report next week. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the report would be made public after that meeting.

Source: National News Agency

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France's foreign minister said Thursday the Security Council had to respond firmly after a U.N. probe found that Syrian government troops were responsible for two toxic gas attacks. 'The use of chemical weapons, which the Syrian authorities agreed to ban in 2013 under international pressure ... is an abomination...