A laboratory technician controls a test vial at the OPCW headquarters in the Hague April 20, 2017. (AFP / JOHN THYS)
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France will Friday seek commitments from some 30 countries to support the creation of a new mechanism at the world's chemical weapons watchdog to enable it to assign blame for attacks carried out with banned munitions, French diplomats said.The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague currently only determines whether such attacks have taken place, not who carried them out.Before the OPCW was able to carry out inspections -- which in any case would not have assigned blame -- the United States, France and Britain launched missile attacks on Syria's chemical weapons-related facilities.Friday, France hosts a meeting of 33 countries, all in the OPCW and members of an international group targeting toxic gas attacks.
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