Baird: Syrian chemical attack would cause international response

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said on Tuesday that the world will take action if Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime uses chemical weapons against its own people.

Baird plans to sit down in Morocco this week with leaders from the Syrian opposition and representatives from more than 100 countries. The Canadian representative did not say if Canada would participate in an international intervention if a chemical attack were to occur, Postmedia News reports.

"The Assad regime's use of chemical weapons on a civilian population is something that is incredibly unwise and something they should not do," Baird said when asked about the report," Baird said, according to Postmedia News. "The international community will not sit back. We will continue to work with our closest friends and allies."

During the Friends of Syria meeting, Baird is expected to announce that Canada will provide additional humanitarian assistance to aid the estimated 500,000 Syrians forced from their homes during the 20-month civil war. Approximately 40,000 people have been killed since the conflict began in March 2011.

Canada's foreign affairs and defense departments are creating plans to deploy a special forces unit specializing in chemical and biological weapons in addition to a foreign affairs disaster response team, CTV News reports.