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Ashton in Vilnius: The EU said letting Syria off the hook would create 'a dreadful precedent' (Photo: EEAS)

EU blames Syria for gas attack, urges UN action

EU countries have said Syria used chemical weapons against its own people, but want the US and France to give the UN more time.

The bloc's foreign ministers noted in a statement on Saturday (7 September) that: "Information from a wide variety of sources … seems to indicate strong evidence that the Syrian regime is responsible for these attacks."

They called the gas attack, which killed hundreds of civilians on the outskirts of Damascus on 21 August, "a war crime and a crime again...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Ashton in Vilnius: The EU said letting Syria off the hook would create 'a dreadful precedent' (Photo: EEAS)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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