UN falls short of demanding probe over Syria chemical attack

August 22, 2013 01:06

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council said it was necessary to clarify an alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus suburbs on Wednesday but stopped short of demanding a probe by UN investigators currently in Syria.

"There is a strong concern among council members about the allegations and a general sense that there must be clarity on what happened and the situation must be followed closely," Argentina's UN ambassador, Maria Cristina Perceval, told reporters after a closed-door emergency meeting of the council.

The United States, Britain and France are among around 35 countries that called for chief UN  investigator Ake Sellstrom, whose team is currently in Syria, to investigate the incident as soon as possible.

UN diplomats, however, said Russia and China opposed language that would have demanded a UN probe.

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