Another rebuff to US, UN rejects war on Syria

Another rebuff to US, UN rejects war on Syria
Sun Sep 1, 2013 10:02:35

The United Nations has ruled out any military intervention in Syria as an option and called for a political solution to the crisis in the Arab nation.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky made the remarks at a press conference held shortly after a meeting between UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane in New York on Saturday.

Nesirky said the UN chief has repeatedly stated that “there is no alternative to a political solution to this … overall crisis in Syria. A military solution is not an option.”

The UN spokesman added that UN chemical weapons inspectors are currently in The Hague and samples they found at the site of the alleged chemical attack will be sent to laboratories around Europe to be checked for traces of poison gas.

"I've seen all kinds of reporting suggesting that the departure of the chemical weapons team somehow opens a window for military action of some kind," Nesirky said, adding, "Frankly, that is grotesque, and it's an affront to the more than 1,000 staff, UN staff, who are on the ground in Syria delivering humanitarian aid and who will continue to deliver critical aid."

Worries mounted in the region following US intentions to bomb Syria over conflicting reports of an alleged chemical attack that is widely believed to have been committed by Syria's US-backed militants to open the way for their Western and Arab supporters to attack Syria.

The Barack Obama administration, backed with Israeli intelligence services, says it has concluded that the Syrian army has used chemicals near Damascus.

However the US has failed to provide evidence of its claims against Syria while international condemnation grows against its military ambitions.

The US claims come as Syria has already provided UN with evidences on at least three chemical attacks carried out by US-backed militants near the Syrian capital.


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