Last updated: 16 September, 2013

UN report leaves no doubt Damascus behind gas attack, says France

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday a UN report that proves poison gas killed hundreds in an attack last month in Syria left “no doubt” President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was guilty.

“The content of the report is damning and confirms massive use of sarin gas on August 21,” Fabius said on RTL radio.

“When you look precisely at the data, the amount of toxic gas used, the complexity of the blends… It all leaves no doubt on the origin of the attack” and “reinforces the position of those who said the regime was guilty.”

The report, announced in New York earlier Monday, said evidence collected by inspectors who went to Syria showed sarin was used in an attack on Ghouta near Damascus on August 21.

It also said banned chemical arms had been used in the 30-month-old conflict “on a relatively large scale,” but stopped short of blaming anyone.

France, the United States and other Western and Arab countries have blamed the Assad regime for the August 21 attack — accusations Damascus has categorically rejected.