G8 leaders condemn chemical weapons use in Syria
The leaders of the G8 summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland made the remarks as part of a communique that was released by the White House on Tuesday. The leaders said the U.N. team should be allowed access to Syria to conduct an objective investigation.
"We condemn any use of chemical weapons in Syria and call on all parties to the conflict to allow access to the U.N. investigating team mandated by the U.N. secretary-general, and drawing on the expertise of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and World Health Organization, in order to conduct an objective investigation into reports of use of chemical weapons," the leaders said. "The U.N. team should make their report and deliver it to the U.N. Security Council for their assessment."
The leaders said they were determined to find out who was responsible for the use of chemical weapons and to hold those parties accountable. They highlighted the need to securely and safely store all Syrian chemical weapons, prior to the destruction of the weapons by international bodies.
The G8 leaders also condemned all human rights abuses and violations in the war-torn country.
"We also condemn in the strongest possible terms all human rights violations and abuses in Syria, committed by anyone, including indiscriminate attacks on civilians," the leaders said. "We call on all sides to respect international humanitarian and human rights laws, noting the particular responsibility of the Syrian authorities in this regard."