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Merkel says Berlin supports strikes in Syria, calling them “necessary and appropriate”

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –¬†German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement Saturday that her government supported strikes against the Syrian regime, saying that “such military intervention is necessary and appropriate” after the alleged chemical attack in Douma near Damascus.

Merkel said Thursday that Germany would not take part in the strikes, “We support our American, British and French allies … to their responsibilities … Military intervention was necessary and appropriate.”

“Everything leads us to believe that (Assad) is responsible for” an attack always.

She said that it seems likely that the Syrian regime “has used chemical weapons against its people on several occasions in the past.”

“A century after the end of World War I … we must fight the erosion of the (international) chemical weapons treaty,” she said.

Foreign Minister Haikou Mas said Western military intervention “contributed to making it more difficult” for Damascus to use chemical weapons again.

But he stressed that “only a political solution can bring lasting peace,” noting that Germany will work with France to establish a group of “window states” to give new impetus to the political process.

“We like it or not, the political process (in Syria) will not succeed without Russia,” he said, calling on Moscow to adopt a “constructive attitude.”