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Chemical Weapons Confirmation Sparks Call for Action

September 18, 2013

The Star (South Africa)

DAMASCUS: Syria's main opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, yesterday demanded a swift international response following the UN report confirming the use of chemical weapons in Syria, while Damascus slammed the US, British and French foreign ministers, accusing them of trying to impose their agenda on the Syrian people.

The Foreign Ministry statement appeared to be in response to demands by the foreign ministers of France, Britain and the US that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down even as the West increases efforts to bring the warring sides to an international peace conference.

"Assad is the legitimate president chosen by the Syrian people and will remain so as long as the Syrian people want this," the ministry said.

The statement comes after the UN report was released on Monday - the first official confirmation by impartial experts that chemical weapons were used in the August 21 attack near Damascus that killed hundreds of people.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council when he presented the report that the attack was a "war crime".

"The results are overwhelming and indisputable," Ban said. - Sapa-AP

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