Reported use of chemical weapons in Syria "deeply alarming": Australian Foreign Minister

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Australian Foreign Minister Robert Carr

The reported use of chemical weapons in Syria is deeply alarming, says Australian Foreign Minister, Robert Carr.

Mr. Carr spoke to reporters in New York where he attended a Security Council meeting on Tuesday.

His comment came after the Syrian government and the opposition reportedly accused each other of using chemical weapons in the Khan al-Assal region north of the city of Aleppo.

"There have been very disturbing reports in the last few hours of chemical weapons being used in the north of Syria. This is deeply, deeply alarming. It, of course, breaches international law which prohibits the use of these weapons. It breaches the convention that does that. It creates a shocking precedent for the armies of dictators to use chemical weapons. The last time I recall them being used was in Iraq under Saddam Hussein directed at the Kurdish minority. We unreservedly condemn it." (32")

The Australian Foreign Minister said the Security Council will seek clarification of these reports as a matter of urgency.

He added if they are verified, Australia will move with others to bring the matter before the Security Council because it's a matter of peace and security and the Council would need to respond.

Donn Bobb,

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