EU concerned over chemical weapon attack in Syria

Catherine Ashton said Wednesday reports of the possible use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime was of "grave concern"

EU concerned over chemical weapon attack in Syria

World Bulletin/News Desk

European Union's (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Wednesday reports of the possible use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime was of "grave concern", adding that any use of chemical weapons in the country would be "totally unacceptable".

"I have seen with grave concern the reports of the possible use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. I reiterate that any use of chemical weapons, by any side in Syria, would be totally unacceptable," she said in a statement.

"Such accusations should be immediately and thoroughly investigated by the United Nations (UN) expert mission which arrived recently in Syria," Ashton.

She added: "The mission must be allowed full and unhindered access to all sites on the Syrian territory according to its requirements. 

Ashton also called the Assad regime as well as all other parties in Syria to provide all necessary support to and cooperation with the UN mission's operations.

On Wednesday, Syrian opposition coalition blamed the Syrian regime forces of carrying out a chemical weapon attack in suburbs of capital Damascus which it said killed at least 1,300 people.

A UN investigation team is currently in Syria to investigate earlier an allegation of use of chemical weapons reported by the Syrian government at Khan al-Assal as well as two other allegations reported by Security Council member states.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2013, 00:42
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