Turkey urges UN to widen chemical probe in Syria

Turkish foreign ministry called on UN to move forward with its chemical weapons investigation

Turkey urges UN to widen chemical probe in Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has called on the United Nations to widen chemical attack investigations in Syria.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the ministry said video footage and reports appeared on the international media earlier today over a possible chemical weapon attack in suburbs of Syrian capital Damascus showed that the existence of an unexplainable massacre which it said had resulted "in the deaths of hundreds of Syrians including children and babies."

Syrian opposition said that forces loyal to Syrian regime carried out a nerve gas attack on Ghouta region and killed at least 1,300 people.

Statement emphasized such attack could only be defined as "barbarism and savageness".

"Regime rulers who want to protect their power at all costs and a blood-thirsty group are responsible of the attacks, and they will answer sooner or later for their cruelty," the statement said.

The ministry also called on the international community and the UN Security Council to "comply with its responsibilities based on the international law."

The statement added: "Turkey also contacted UN Secretary General for the team currently in Syria to make further investigations about the chemical attacks. Turkey would sign a joint letter to be sent to the UN Security Council and contribute actively in efforts for a special meeting to be gathered in New York."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2013, 00:57