Syria chemical weapons 'does not address whole issue'

UN director for Human Rights Watch has said he hoped the debate on Syria that he expects to take place in the General Assembly will serve as a "wake-up call" for the Security Council, which has been deadlocked over a resolution to chemical weapons use.

UN Human Rights Watch director Philippe Bolopion Credit: Reuters

"There's no denying that there is particular urgency this year for the General Assembly", said Philippe Bolopion.

"It will not address the overall situation. Only maybe one or two percent of the 100,000 people who've been killed in Syria over the last two and a half years have been killed with chemical weapons. The rest of the people have died at the hands of conventional weapons", he added.