Evidence points to use of chemical weapons by Assad forces: NATO

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Posted: Aug 28, 2013 9:49 AM
Evidence points to use of chemical weapons by Assad forces: NATO

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Wednesday information from a variety of sources pointed to President Bashar al-Assad's forces being responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Speaking after a meeting of NATO ambassadors in Brussels, Rasmussen said any use of such weapons was "unacceptable and cannot go unanswered", although he did not suggest any response.

"This is a clear breach of long-standing international norms and practice... Those responsible must be held accountable," he said in a statement.

Rasmussen said the military alliance would keep the situation in Syria under "close review".

(Reporting by Justyna Pawlak; editing by Luke Baker)