Claims of chemical weapons use in Syria not confirmed: UN

A UN Commission has not yet found any direct evidence indicating the use of chemical weapons by any party in Syria.

Claims of chemical weapons use in Syria not confirmed: UN

World Bulletin/News Desk

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Chairman of the UN International Commission of Inquiry for Syria, said on Monday that the Commission hadn't yet found any direct evidence indicating the use of chemical weapons by any of the parties in Syria.

International press organs, today, covered the commission member Carla del Ponte's claims that there were suspicions about Syrian opposition's using nerve gas however certain evidence had not been found.

Chairman of the Commission Pinheiro said in a written statement, "The Commission hasn't yet found any direct evidence of use of chemical weapons by any of the conflicting parties."

Noting that the Commission was not to comment on the claims at the moment, Pinheiro said he would like to remind all conflicting parties about the international laws banned using chemical weapons under any circumstances.

Pinheiro also stated that the Commission inquired all violations of international laws in Syria, and would submit its findings to the UN Human Rights Council on June 3, 2013.

White House accuses Assad regime

White House spokesman Jay Carney said that it was highly likely that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime was behind chemical weapons use in Syria.

Carney said in a press briefing that there was certainly evidence that chemical weapons had been used in Syria.

"We are highly skeptical of suggestions that the opposition could have or did use chemical weapons. We find it highly likely that any chemical weapon use that has taken place in Syria was done by the Assad regime," he said.

Carney said the US was still looking for conclusive evidence about chemical weapons use in Syria, adding that there was no timeline for the investigation. 

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