Ban Says Assad Must Face 'Justice' if Chemical Arms Used
[An Nahar] U.N. chief the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
said on Thursday that Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
Leveler of Latakia...
should be "brought to justice" if his regime uses chemical weapons to combat the armed revolt in his country.
"I have expressed my concerns to the Syrian government and I have sent a letter to President Assad two days ago," Ban told a joint news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
... Prime Minister of Iraq and the secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party....
in Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
"In any case, if chemical weapons are used, then whoever it may be will have to be brought to justice," the U.N. secretary general said. "It will create serious consequences on the people."
The Syrian government, fighting to prevent the capital Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
from falling to rebel forces, has insisted it would never resort to chemical weapons.
But Washington fears that battlefield advances by rebels could prompt Assad to use chemical arms, or that such stocks could become insecure or find their way into the hands of groups hostile to the United States and its allies.
In a new warning as the conflict approaches the 21-month mark with more than 41,000 people killed, U.S. President Barack Obama
I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody...
on Monday warned Assad of "consequences" if he uses chemical weapons against his own people.
Posted by: Fred 2012-12-07