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Evidence that the Assad regime in Syria used chemical weapons on 21 August is "overwhelming," US President Barack Obama told world leaders attending the General Assembly Debate on Tuesday.
He recalled the recently released UN weapons inspectors' account citing there was "clear and convincing evidence" these weapons were used in a large-scale attack.
President Obama firmly stated he believed "the rockets were fired from a regime-controlled neighborhood, and landed in opposition neighborhoods."
The United States, Russia and their allies have reached an agreement to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control, and then destroy them.
President Obama joins the UN Secretary-General in his appeal for the destruction of these weapons:
"The Syrian government took a first step by giving an accounting of its stockpiles. Now, there must be a strong Security Council Resolution to verify that the Assad regime is keeping its commitments, and there must be consequences if they fail to do so. If we cannot agree even on this, then it will show that the U.N. is incapable of enforcing the most basic of international laws. On the other hand, if we succeed, it will send a powerful message that the use of chemical weapons has no place in the 21st century, and that this body means what it says."
In a note to Russia and Iran, President Obama warned that insisting on Assad’s rule will lead directly to "an increasingly violent space for extremists to operate."
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.