Aug 28, 2013
By Jane Brown
Evidence is mounting that chemical weapons were used in the attack, which activists say killed hundreds of people in Syria a week ago. The UN envoy to Syria has reported that the evidence points to some sort of chemical substance being used. The statement came as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls for a diplomatic solution in Syria.
World leaders are still talking about military intervention. British Prime Minister David Cameron is recalling the British Parliament for tomorrow to discuss how to respond to Syria’s apparent use of chemical weapons. U.S. President Barack Obama is still mulling over his options on a response to the apparent attacks on civilians in Syria. But U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden says there is no doubt that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government is responsible. He says, “those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men, women and children, should and must be held accountable.”
Here at Canada, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been talking to the opposition leaders about the crisis. But a spokesman for his office says it’s premature to recall parliament for an emergency debate. NDP leader Thomas Mulcair says parliament will have to be recalled if Canada is contemplating any direct military involvement in Syria. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says he would be open to a debate.