Political Economy


Sweden is convinced that chemical weapons were used in Syria as Russia urges Syria to support UN investigation

Friday, 23 August 2013
Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt believes that there was really a chemical attack in Syria which activists said hundreds died in Wednesday's attack near Damascus.
Writing on his blog in relations to the Wednesday's massacre in al-Ghuta area just north-east the Syrian capital Damascus, Mr  Bildt  pointed out that  "it is difficult to come to any other conclusion than that a lethal chemical substance has been used in the attack. The regime forces conducted this against the opposition-controlled area."Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt

Syria's chemical weapons stocks is one of the largest in the world, and the possibility that President Bashar al-Assad's government might use them, has been one of the factors that has most worried observers of the conflict, the BBC reports.
This comes after in July 2012, when the Syrian government implicitly admitted what long terms suspicion of chemical weapons proliferation given  Syria's stocks pile of chemical weapons.

But now the Syria government has vehemently rejected the view that it used chemical weapons. This Carl Bildt also notes in his blog that the Syrian regime blames the opposition, and that Russia also suggests such a declaration that the opposition would use it and then blame the government. For example, Syria's state news agency Sana reported that "terrorists" had fired a rocket "containing chemical materials", killing 16 people in the Khan al-Assal area of Aleppo province, that was in March 2013.

So what do we do now?

One of the strongest stumbling blocs for the resolution of this conflict, Russia with its persistent backing the Syrian regime has now urged Syria to allow a United Nations team to investigate allegations that chemical weapons were used in a recent attack.Syrian regime used chemical weapons on its peopleImage from BBC
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed that an objective investigation was needed, Russia's foreign ministry said, reports the BBC.
The UN agencies now say the number of children forced to flee Syria has reached one million.
by Scancomark.com Team

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