UK, US, France: UN report leaves 'no doubt' on Assad chemical weapons

Russian UN envoy urges colleagues not to "jump to any conclusions."

By REUTERS
September 16, 2013 22:33
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and British Foreign Secretary William Hague (L)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and British FM. (photo credit: Reuters)

Britain, France and the United States moved quickly to repeat their accusations against the Syria regime Monday, after a United Nations investigation found that chemical weapons had definitely been used in the country in an August 21 attack on the outskirts of Damascus.

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon declined to identify those responsible for the attack, which the US says killed more than 1,400 people, including women and children, but said that the attack constituted a war crime.

"This is the most significant confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians since Saddam Hussein used them in Halabja [in Iraq] in 1988," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. "The international community has pledged to prevent any such horror from recurring, yet it has happened again."