World Bulletin / News Desk
It will be a test of accountability for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to cooperate with the UN team which was sent to investigate claims regarding a chemical weapons attack last week, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said.
Davutoglu gave an interview to Italian daily La Repubblica while in Italy as part of his two-day official visit to Europe.
"There is consensus that this attack was carried out with chemical weapons. There is no other way of killing so many people at once. The real question is who did it," Davutoglu said.
Finding an answer to this question would require a thorough investigation by the UN team on the ground, he said.
"Assad has crossed many red lines to this day. He started by recruiting snipers to shoot at civilians, fired artillery, and then sent airstrikes and launched missiles on his people".
"We want UN officials to be fully authorized (to investigate). If Assad does not allow this, it will be a test of accountability for him. Then, it will be the international community that will be responsible for stopping him."
An apparent chemical weapons attack on Wednesday killed more than 1,300 people in a farm area called Ghouta near capital Damascus.
It is still uncertain whether the deadly attack was unleashed by forces loyal to the embattled Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. Obama last year had described use of chemical weapons within Syria as a "red line."
Egypt’s army ‘More aggressive’
Regarding the recent situation in Egypt, Foreign Minister Davutoglu said the US was shying away from characterizing the takeover of power as a military coup because it did not want to cease the aid it provides to the Middle East nation.
"An elected president is removed from power by the army. How can this not be a coup? Seeing several governments’ failure to act, (Egypt's) army becomes more and more aggressive. Initially, there were plans to release Morsi. But now Mubarak is out, and other elected politicians are still under detention," Davutoglu said.Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Ağustos 2013, 16:56