Diplomat: 'Hard evidence' chemical weapons used in Syria

April 12, 2013 07:52


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The West has "hard evidence" that chemical weapons were used at least once during Syria's civil war, AFP quoted a western diplomat as saying on Thursday.

The agency quoted the diplomat as saying "there are several examples where we are quite sure that shells with chemicals have been used in a very sporadic way,” however he cited "hard evidence" in only one case.Another diplomat from one of the nations in the UN Security Council stated that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had been given "quite convincing" evidence that Assad's forces had used chemical arms.

The Assad regime had originally called for a United Nations' probe of claims that the Syrian opposition had used chemical weapons, but later backtracked after the organization also planned to investigate claims that Syrian government forces had used chemical arms.

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