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UK's Hague says British government approach on Syria "consistent"

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 - 00:39

Aug. 28 - British Foreign Secretary Hague says parliamentary motion endorses government's consistent approach to deter future use of chemical weapons in Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday the motion on how to respond to an alleged chemical attack in Syria to be considered by parliament on Thursday was consistent with the approach adopted by the government so far. "So this motion endorses... that we're putting to the House of Commons tomorrow... endorses the government's consistent approach that we must be prepared to take action against the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, to deter the future use of chemical weapons. But it also reflects the desire to proceed on a consensual basis," Hague told reporters in London. "This is after all something on which the world should be able to unite. The use of chemical weapons in the 21st century is unacceptable, and so we are making every possible effort to make sure the British parliament can unite," he continued to say. Hague's comments came after Britain changed its stance on Syria on Wednesday, saying that the U.N. Security Council should see findings from chemical weapons inspectors before it responded militarily and that the British parliament should vote on the matter twice. Britain had previously declined to say it would wait for a U.N. report before launching military action and had suggested that the British parliament would only get one vote on military action - on Thursday. But U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sought more time for inspectors to complete their work, and British opposition Labor party leader Ed Miliband made it clear his party wanted clear proof that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons as well as a second parliamentary vote.

UK's Hague says British government approach on Syria "consistent"

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 - 00:39

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