UK says time running out for Syrian chemical attack inspection

By REUTERS
August 23, 2013 13:48

 
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LONDON- Britain warned on Friday that UN inspectors needed urgent access to the site of a reported chemical weapons attack in Syria because evidence could deteriorate or be concealed by those responsible.

"Time is of the essence," British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on his official Twitter feed. "Every day without UN access is a day in which evidence can deteriorate or be hidden by those responsible."

Hague said Britain planned to hold urgent talks on Friday with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah.

"We are pressing for immediate access for the UN team and consulting allies on response to this terrible atrocity," Hague wrote.

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