UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – NATO has expressed its support for the US-led attack on Syria, calling it necessary for the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Saturday commented on the joint attack launched by the United States, Britain and France on Syrian military installations, saying the international community should respond jointly and effectively to the use of chemical weapons recently in Syria.
“I support these actions,” Stoltenberg said. “This will reduce the regime’s ability to launch more chemical attacks on the Syrian people,” he said, adding NATO considered the use of chemical weapons a threat to international peace and security.
“The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable and those responsible must take responsibility,” he said in a statement.
Syrian opposition activists and fighters said Syrian government forces used chlorine gas on April 7 in an attack on Duma, a city near Damascus controlled by the armed opposition.
Before the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the United States, Britain and France accused the government of using chemical weapons.
Syria denied the allegations, saying the West was seeking a pretext for military intervention.