U.N. rejects suggestion it's pulling out of Syria to allow strikes
Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 01:34
Aug. 31 - The United Nations vehemently rejects suggestions that it was stepping aside to allow U.S. air strikes on Syria over an alleged chemical attack. Gavino Garay reports.
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The United Nations rejects suggestions that it's somehow stepping aside to allow U.S. air strikes on Syria over an alleged chemical attack.
U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky.
SOUNDBITE (English) U.N. SPOKESPERSON MARTIN NESIRKY SAYING:
"I have seen all kinds of reporting suggesting that the departure of the chemical weapons team somehow opens a window for military action of some kind... Frankly, that's grotesque."
The comments come the same day a team of U.N. chemical weapons experts arrived in the Netherlands with evidence gathered in their investigation of a poison gas attack in Syria.
The U.N. says the team will return at later date to investigate several other alleged poison gas attacks that have taken place over the course of the country's 2-1/2-year civil war.
But Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the U.N. for what he says is inaction on the crisis in Syria.
(SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING:
"It's time to stop the killings. It's time to take a step together with those who value human rights and who stand for the declaration of international human rights."
U.S. President Barack Obama now says the U.S. should strike Syrian government targets, but that he would seek a congressional vote for any military action.
Obama said he was "comfortable going forward without the approval of a United Nations Security Council."
But the U.N. says it alone is capable of establishing impartial and credible evidence of any use of chemical weapons on the ground.
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