UN: Sarin used in Syria attack

The United Nations Secretary General has said there is "overwhelming and indisputable" evidence that chemical weapons, including sarin, were used in an attack on a rebel-held district in the capital Damascus.

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Hague: UK may send experts to aid Syria disarmament

The government is open to the idea of sending British experts to help with the task of seizing Syria's chemical weapon stockpiles, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he ruled out the idea of British troops being deployed to provide security, adding that such action might create strong feelings within Syria.

Under an agreement between the US and Russia, the Syrian regime is required to submit a full inventory of its chemical stockpile by the end of the week, allow international inspectors into the country by November and complete the surrender of its arsenal by mid-2014.


Ban Ki-Moon: 'This is a war crime and a grave violation'

The findings of the report on chemical weapons use in Syria provides evidence of a "war crime and a grave violation," the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said.

The findings are beyond doubt and beyond the pale. This is a war crime and a grave violation of the 1925 protocol and other rules of international law.

– UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

Ban Ki-Moon: Report makes for 'chilling' reading

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said that the report to the Security Council on the chemical weapons attack in Syria made for "chilling" reading.

Ban Ki-moon. Credit: ITV News

He said: "The report makes for chilling reading. The team gathered testimony from survivors, medical personnel and first responders. They collected biomedical evidence and dozens of soil and environmental samples.

"The results are overwhelming and indisputable."


Hague: UN confirms surface rockets used in gas attack

Foreign Secretary William Hague said the report to the UN Security Council was "consistent" with everything that the UK Government believed had happened in the chemical weapons attack in the area east of Damascus on August 21.

Mr Hague said: "[The report] goes into detail about the specific munitions used and their delivery by surface-to-surface rocket. We have always believed that this was the work, this was the responsibility of the Assad regime, and everything we can see in this report is fully consistent with that."

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UN: Syria gas attack 'most significant' since Saddam

In reporting to the Security Council, UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon said the attack in Syria was the "most significant" use of chemical weapons since 1988.

He said: "This is the most significant, confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians since Saddam Hussein used them in 1988."

"After two and a half years of tragedy, now is the moment for Security Council to uphold its political and moral responsibilities."

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