UN to blame for Syria chemical attack, Qatar minister says

Syrian regime crossed all lines and violated all rights, Foreign Minister al-Attiyah said

UN to blame for Syria chemical attack, Qatar minister says

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah has said the United Nations is responsible for the chemical weapons attack that killed upwards of 1,300 in Syria for failing to secure peace there as over two year long civil war rages on.

Al-Attiyah held a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu following a bilateral meeting in Istanbul on Saturday.

"This (chemical attack) has not only crossed the red line. The Syrian regime has crossed all lines and violated all rights," al-Attiyah said.

"They did this and are still doing this using internationally prohibited weaponry. That's why, as a foreign minister, I'm holding the UN Security Council solely accountable for what happened. Because they needed to secure peace there but they eventually failed."

Hundreds of civilians were killed near capital Damascus in an apparent chemical weapons attack that Syrian opposition and several states believe was carried out by the Syrian regime, which denies the allegations.

Meanwhile, al-Attiyah said the military coup in Egypt was the wrong choice and existing problems could have been resolved by political means, and called for the release of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

"We offered clear suggestions and advice to whoever holds power in Egypt. They should not have attempted to disperse Rabia al-Adawiya in a bloody way. Unfortunately, change in Egypt occurred though force, not through the ballot and the will of the people".

"Mohamed Morsi must swiftly be released. Some people criticize us for caring for Egypt, but Egypt is a very important country. Egypt is the heart of Arabs and Arabness. Any cracks in Egypt will cause damage to us, as well."

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Ağustos 2013, 10:51
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