U.N. stops short of demanding Syria chemical attack probe

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Source: Reuters – Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:02 PM

Author: Reuters

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 21 (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council said it was necessary to clarify an alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus suburbs on Wednesday but stopped short of demanding a probe by U.N. investigators currently in Syria.

“There is a strong concern among council members about the allegations and a general sense that there must be clarity on what happened and the situation must be followed closely,” Argentina’s U.N. ambassador, Maria Cristina Perceval, told reporters after a closed-door emergency meeting of the council.

The United States, Britain and France are among around 35 countries that called for chief U.N. investigator Ake Sellstrom, whose team is currently in Syria, to investigate the incident as soon as possible.

U.N. diplomats, however, said Russia and China opposed language that would have demanded a U.N. probe.   (Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Sandra Maler)



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