WEST SAYS UN REPORT CONFIRMS SARIN USE BY ASSAD REGIME

Sep 17, 2013

By Scott Walker

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Western leaders say there is no doubt that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people last month.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has presented a report by chemical weapons inspectors to a closed meeting of the U-N Security Council.

Canada, the US, Britain, and France say the type of missiles described by the report, and the amount of sarin gas used, could only have come from the Assad regime.

Ban Ki-moon calls the sarin gas attack a grave war crime. He says it is the worst confirmed use of chemical weapons on civilians since 1988, when Saddam Hussein used them on Kurds in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Russia continues to insist that a UN resolution on Syria not allow the use of force. However, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov appears to concede that force could be considered if Syria fails to carry out an agreement on abandoning its chemical weapons.

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