North Atlantic Treaty Organization
August 28, 2013
NATO Secretary General Statement on North Atlantic Council Meeting on Syria
The North Atlantic Council has just discussed the situation in Syria and in particular the horrific use of chemical weapons around Damascus on 21 August.
We condemn in the strongest possible terms these outrageous attacks, which caused major loss of life.
NATO Allies expressed their full support to the ongoing UN investigation. They deplored that the Syrian regime failed to provide immediate and secure access for the United Nations inspectors to the sites of the attacks.
The Syrian regime maintains custody of stockpiles of chemical weapons. Information available from a wide variety of sources points to the Syrian regime as responsible for the use of chemical weapons in these attacks.
This is a clear breach of long-standing international norms and practice. Any use of such weapons is unacceptable and cannot go unanswered.
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