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Belgium: Hague will hold people using chemical weapons in Syria to account00:49

Belgium: Hague will hold people using chemical weapons in Syria to account

Belgium, Brussels
August 21, 2013 at 12:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Belgium: Hague will hold people using chemical weapons in Syria to account

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday in Brussels after an emergency European Union meeting on the situation in Egypt, that the people responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria "will one day be held to account". With reports coming out on Wednesday of a chemical weapons attack in the Ghouta region outside of Damascus, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's government has denied reports they are responsible. The Arab League and several pro-opposition groups have accused the Syrian government of carrying out a lethal poisonous gas attack.

Hague said: "I want to say a word about the reports coming in from Syria about chemical attacks and air strikes in an area near Damascus. Of course we are waiting on further information about this but if it is verified then that would be a shocking escalation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. We are determined that the people responsible will one day be held to account. I hope that it will be made clear that the UN team now in Damascus will have unrestricted access to the area concerned and the United Kingdom will be raising this at the United Nations Security Council."

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Belgium: Hague will hold people using chemical weapons in Syria to account

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday in Brussels after an emergency European Union meeting on the situation in Egypt, that the people responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria "will one day be held to account". With reports coming out on Wednesday of a chemical weapons attack in the Ghouta region outside of Damascus, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's government has denied reports they are responsible. The Arab League and several pro-opposition groups have accused the Syrian government of carrying out a lethal poisonous gas attack.

Hague said: "I want to say a word about the reports coming in from Syria about chemical attacks and air strikes in an area near Damascus. Of course we are waiting on further information about this but if it is verified then that would be a shocking escalation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. We are determined that the people responsible will one day be held to account. I hope that it will be made clear that the UN team now in Damascus will have unrestricted access to the area concerned and the United Kingdom will be raising this at the United Nations Security Council."