United Nations chief: Youth are leaders of today, not tomorrow

United Nations chief: Youth are leaders of today, not tomorrow”

Antonio Guterres also warned about the dangers of escalation over Syria.

The Cold War, which followed the Allied victory in World War Two, saw the U.S. and its allies facing off for decades with the Soviet Union, of which Russian Federation is the main successor state.

"The Cold War is back with a vengeance, but with a difference".

"In Syria, we see confrontations and proxy wars involving several national armies, a number of armed opposition groups, many national and worldwide militia, foreign fighters from everywhere in the world, and various terrorist organizations", he told the Security Council, which was convening at the request of Russian Federation.

Bashar Jaafari, permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations speaks to members of the United Nations Security Council during a meeting on Syria at the U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., April 13, 2018.

Guterres urged all states "to act responsibly in these unsafe circumstances".

He said Syria represents the most serious threat to worldwide peace and security today.

What proof is there of an attack?

The World Health Organization (WHO), citing health partners, said on Wednesday that around 500 people had been treated for "signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals" in Douma.

On Thursday, unnamed United States officials told NBC News they had obtained blood and urine samples from victims which had tested positive for chlorine and a nerve agent.

"Perpetrators of such attacks must be identified and held accountable", the U.N.'s International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a statement, noting that the use of such weapons is strictly banned under a global treaty ratified by Syria. Vassily Nebenzia, Russian ambassador to the United Nations, accused the USA of unfairly taking advantage of reports of a chemical attack against Syrian citizens to plot the topping of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, which has been linked to the attack that killed dozens of people last weekend in the rebel-held town of Douma.

That attack was followed by a U.S. cruise missile attack on a Syrian airbase.

Noting that inspectors from the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were due to visit the site shortly, it underlined the Damascus government's commitment that they will have full access and freedom of movement.

General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for Russia's defence ministry, said: "We have. evidence that proves Britain was directly involved in organising this provocation".

French ambassador Francois Delattre added that his government has evidence that the Assad government is responsible for the April. 7 chemical attack.

The two men say people were suffering from smoke inhalation, not chemical poisoning, but a panic began when one man said they were victims of a chemical attack.

Nebenzia also condemned what he called the "bellicose rhetoric" of President Donald Trump's threat of a missile strike in Syria. Delattre added that the Syrian government's decision to use chemical weapons meant that it had "reached the point of no return".

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