Turkey to follow Syrian chemical weapons issue: FM

Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu said using chemical weapons is a crime against humanity.

Turkey to follow Syrian chemical weapons issue: FM

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Tuesday that Turkey would closely monitor developments regarding possible use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Speaking to reporters in London where he participated in an international conference on Somalia, the Turkish foreign minister said reports suggesting that opposition forces in Syria might have used chemical weapons caused "information pollution," adding that UN officials he spoke to earlier today had confirmed that those reports were incorrect.

"Using chemical weapons is a crime against humanity. Whoever uses them, they will have committed a crime against humanity. At the moment, everybody knows which countries have chemical weapons stocks. Unfortunately, one of those is the Syrian regime. Syrian regime may try to use this kind of weaponry to massacre its own people as it fails to massacre them by using snipers, artillery and tank attacks, war planes and Scud missiles. After all, images of massacre which appeared two days ago from attacks on civilians in Syria's Baniyas town made clear the regime's ethnic slaughter," Davutoglu said.

Turkish foreign minister added, "We will closely follow these claims within the framework of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and in the presence of the EU. As Turkey, our red line is human life, human rights and justice."

On Monday, media reports cited Commissioner of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Syria Carla del Ponte as saying that there were "strong suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof" that Syrian opposition have used nerve gas.

Later, the commission underlined no conclusive findings had been reached as to use of chemical weapons either by the Syrian regime forces or the opposition. 

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