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Belgium: Syria chemical weapons accusations 'grave' - Westerwelle00:39

Belgium: Syria chemical weapons accusations 'grave' - Westerwelle

Belgium, Brussels
August 21, 2013 at 16:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Belgium: Syria chemical weapons accusations 'grave' - Westerwelle

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle spoke in Brussels on Wednesday at an EU crisis meeting

and discussed the recent accusations made by Syrian opposition activists that chemical weapons were used by President Bashar Al Assad's government.

Government forces are accused of launching toxic agents by rockets into Damascus suburbs, with an opposition monitoring group estimating that nearly 500 people died, and mostly by inhaling chemical gas. The Syrian Army claims that oppositionists are making the claims in part to account for the high number of oppositionist deaths.

A 20-person team from the UN arrived in Damascus over the weekend to spend two weeks in the capital investigating the claims.

Westerwelle said: "They are very grave accusations. When they are true, one cannot find the words that correctly describe the seriousness of such a development. That makes it even more important that everything is cleared up and for that, access must be organised for chemical inspectors from the UN who are in the nation."

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Belgium: Syria chemical weapons accusations 'grave' - Westerwelle

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle spoke in Brussels on Wednesday at an EU crisis meeting

and discussed the recent accusations made by Syrian opposition activists that chemical weapons were used by President Bashar Al Assad's government.

Government forces are accused of launching toxic agents by rockets into Damascus suburbs, with an opposition monitoring group estimating that nearly 500 people died, and mostly by inhaling chemical gas. The Syrian Army claims that oppositionists are making the claims in part to account for the high number of oppositionist deaths.

A 20-person team from the UN arrived in Damascus over the weekend to spend two weeks in the capital investigating the claims.

Westerwelle said: "They are very grave accusations. When they are true, one cannot find the words that correctly describe the seriousness of such a development. That makes it even more important that everything is cleared up and for that, access must be organised for chemical inspectors from the UN who are in the nation."