EU foreign ministers meet Syrian opposition, express concern over chemical weapons

The newly elected head of the Syrian opposition recently briefed European foreign ministers on the status of the ongoing civil war and the potential for chemical weapons to be used by any party engaged in the conflict.

European Union foreign affairs representative Catherine Ashton pledged European support to Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib ahead of the European Union's monthly meeting of foreign ministers, according to CNN.

"The EU is seriously concerned about the potential use and transfer of chemical weapons in Syria and reminds the Syrian regime and other parties that, in case of their use, those responsible will be held accountable," the ministers said in a statement, CNN reports.

Al-Khatib was to discuss his own proposal for a political transition intended to end the crisis which is now entering its 21st month. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has rejected calls for a political end to the fighting and has branded the opposition terrorists.

"We want to help, but it's their country," Ashton said, CNN reports.

Syrian state-run media recently accused the United States of attempting to falsely accuse Damascus of using chemical weapons. The Syrian Arab News Agency reported that the Syrian foreign ministry wrote a letter condemning U.S. actions to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.