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Syria Chem Attack

Syria Chem Attack

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Memos prepared for the Prime Minister in the wake of last August's chemical weapons attack in Syria. They have been redacted and released under the Access to Information Act.
Memos prepared for the Prime Minister in the wake of last August's chemical weapons attack in Syria. They have been redacted and released under the Access to Information Act.

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use
of
chemical
weapons
by
the
Syrianregime
will
be
a
significanttopic
for
discussion
in
Saint
Petersburg.
Canadahas
strongly
condemnedthe
use
of
chemical
weapons
and
hasstated
publicly
that
it
shares
the
view
that
the
Syrian
regime
is
responsible
for
these
atrocities.
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view
that
the
Syrian
regime
be
held
accountable
for
its
actions.
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the
United
States
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and
Franceare
prepared
to
participate
in
military
action
against
Syrian
regime
targets,
but
the
US
will
seek
authorization
from
Congress.
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followed
the
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in
the
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 UK
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motion
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inspectors
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complete
their
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their
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these
activities
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this
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seek
authorisation
to
use
such
force
from
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vote
will
takeplace
when
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appropriate
response
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that
the
objective
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attack
if
decided
upon
would
be
to
punish
and
dissuade
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UK
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made
similar
statements
arguing
thatan
absence
of
response
with
be
akin
to
permission
for
future
largescale
chemical
weapons
attacks
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advance
of
a
French
parliamentary
debate
on
September
4
French
intelligence
released
a
reportstatingthat
a
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by
the
Syrian
regime
occurred
August
21
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and
Denmark
have
already
expressed
their
willingness
tojoin
any
international
coalition
if
the
Security
Council
reaches
an
impasse
in
addressing
the
situation
in
Syria
Germany
hasbeen
supportive
politicallyof
clear
consequences
but
has
indicated
it
will
not
participate
militarily
Chancellor
Merkel
admitted
that
a
unified
international
response
is
unlikely
but
even
“the
smallestchance”
of
one
must
be
pursued
NATO
countries
couldnot
reach
a
consensus
that
the
Assad
Regime
wasresponsible
for
the
attacks
on
August
28
but
the
NATO
SecretaryGeneral
made
a
statement
condemning
theattacks
The
statement
noted
NATO’s
support
of
the
UN
inspection
team andpledged
the
Alliance’s
ongoing
assistance
to
Turkey
in
protecting
its
Southern
border
On
September
 
NATO
Secretary
Generalmade
further
comments
stating
his
confidence
thatthe
Assad
regime
is
responsible
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added
that
in
his
personal
view
“we
need
a
firm
international
response
in
order
to
avoid
thatchemical
attackstakeplace
in
the
future ”
Positions
of
Russia
Chinaand
Iran
While
Russia
and
Iran
have
acknowledgedthat
a
chemical
weapons
attack
took
place
they
do
not
accept
that
the
Syrian
governmentwas
involved
and
believe
thatthe
international
community
has
rushed
to
judgement
Both
have
criticized
any
suggestion
of
military
intervention
and
are
calling
for
time
to
allow
the
UN
inspectors
to
completetheir
work
Iran
has
warnedthe
US
not
to
cross
the
“red
line”
onSyria
saying
it
would
have“severe
consequences”
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