EU to US: Assad guilty of Syria gas attack, but no military backing before UN report

Russia Today: The European Union says the Syrian government was the likely perpetrator of the Damascus chemical attack on August 21, but that it will not be rushed into any military action before an official UN report is released.

“Information from a wide variety of sources confirms the existence of such an attack and seems to indicate strong evidence that the Syrian regime is responsible for this attack,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement following a meeting between European foreign ministers and US Secretary of State John Kerry in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius on Saturday.

“In the face of this cynical use of chemical weapons, the international community cannot remain idle. A clear and strong response is crucial to make clear that such crimes are unacceptable and that there will be no impunity,” Ashton said.

The United States says that Syria’s official forces unleashed a gas attack on a Damascus suburb last month, killing over 1,400 civilians. The White House, which previously designated chemical warfare as a “red line,” is calling for “limited”action against the Assad regime – likely a series of air strikes.

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  1. It seems (correct me if I am wrong) that the UN has specifically been asked to confirm whether a chemical weapons attack took place or not. FULLSTOP. They are not suppose to go into such silly details as to who was responsible. One UN expert, Carla del Ponti, already stated that the rebels organized a gas attack, but her uncalled-for comments are being ignored.

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