US Government Insists on Using Force Against Syria

Prensa Latina News Agency

The United States continues to insist on the use of force against Syria, despite international efforts to avoid an armed attack following accusations that the Bashar al-Assad government used chemical weapons.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday insisted on holding Damascus responsible for the use of sarin gas in Douma, east of the capital, something that a UN team of investigators does not mention in its preliminary report about the Aug. 21 events.

Kerry said that nobody would spend more time discussing who was the responsible for the August attack, which reportedly killed 1,400 people in August, and insisted on baselessly blaming the Al-Assad government, despite evidence that opposition armed groups carried out that action, apparently as a provocation.

On Friday, Fernando Bazan, general coordinator for the Center of Contemporary Middle East Studies, said that the United States would continue its military intervention plans in Syria regardless of any UN decision.

In statements to the Russia Today TV network, Bazan said that the possibility of an attack would always be a kind of Damocles sword hanging over the Syrian regime.

Bazan said the most recent accusations agianst Damascus by Kerry were groundless.

The Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (CPCW) is holding a meeting in The Hague, Holland today in which the 41 member nations of its executive council are discussing Syria’s adherence to the Convention on Chemical Weapons and the beginning of a program for dismantling Syria’s arsenal.

A study recently carried out by a UN-led team of investigators, including nine CPCW experts, found “flagrant and convincing evidence” of the use of sarin gas in an attack staged near Damascus on Aug. 2, though it refrained from naming those responsible for the attack.

In virtue of the Russia-US proposal, Syria must present a report before Saturday with all of the details of its chemical arsenal regarding facilities and armaments, a commitment reiterated by the Syrian president after meeting with Russian Ddeputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

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