Muslim world reacts to Syria chemical weapons attacks
A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows a Syrian couple mourning in front of bodies wrapped in shrouds ahead of funerals following what Syrian rebels claim to be a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21, 2013. "AFP PHOTO / HO / SHAAM NEWS NETWORK"
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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday that the use of chemical weapons meant that a “red line was crossed” in Syria, according to reports by AFP.
“We call on the international community in this situation where the red line was crossed long ago to intervene as soon as possible,” he said in Berlin after meeting with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.
Davutoglu criticized the United Nations Security Council for hesitating to take action.
“If we don’t manage to pass sanctions, we will lose the power to create a deterrent,” he said. “If we don’t act decisively, even worse massacres will follow.”
The Arab League also urged UN chemical weapons inspectors to immediately visit the site of the alleged attack.
On Wednesday Saudi Arabia pushed for an emergency UN Security Council, and called for a serious review of the Syrian situation by the European Union, Saudi-based paper Arab News reported.
“It is time for the Security Council to shoulder its responsibility and overcome differences between its members and restore the confidence of the international community by convening immediately to take a clear and deterrent resolution that will put an end to this human crisis,” Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said in a statement.
“Saudi Arabia warns that continuing to shy away from responsibility in dealing with the Syrian crisis will lead to more of these tragedies,” he added.