Baird Comments on UN Chemical Weapons Report

September 16, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“The report submitted by UN inspectors today confirmed to the world the despicable way in which chemical weapons were used against innocent Syrians on August 21, 2013.

“This report provides additional evidence supporting the conclusion that inhumane and indiscriminate chemical weapons were used by the Assad regime.

“The regime must now face an international community that is united against the abhorrent nature of Assad’s attacks against his people.

“The Assad regime will now be held to account by the international community through the U.S.-led framework and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Anything less than full compliance by Assad is completely unacceptable and should be dealt with in a serious and firm manner.”

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