"Strong International Response" - August 21 chemical weapons attack

Bob Carr, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Stephen Harper, Prime Minister

François Hollande, President

Enrico Letta, Prime Minister

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister

Park Geun-hye, President

Abdullah, King

Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister

David Cameron, Prime Minister

Barack Obama, President

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"We Call for a Strong International Response"

The White House 
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 06, 2013

Joint Statement on Syria

The Leaders and Representatives of Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, 
Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America made the 
following statement on the margins of the Group of 20 Nations Leader’s Meeting in Saint 
Petersburg, Russia:

The international norm against the use of chemical weapons is longstanding and universal.  
The use of chemical weapons anywhere diminishes the security of people everywhere.  
Left unchallenged, it increases the risk of further use and proliferation of these weapons.

We condemn in the strongest terms the horrific chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of 
Damascus on August 21st that claimed the lives of so many men, women, and children.  
The evidence clearly points to the Syrian government being responsible for the attack, 
which is part of a pattern of chemical weapons use by the regime. 

We call for a strong international response to this grave violation of the world’s rules 
and conscience that will send a clear message that this kind of atrocity can never be 
repeated. Those who perpetrated these crimes must be held accountable.

Signatories have consistently supported a strong UN Security Council Resolution, given 
the Security Council's responsibilities to lead the international response, but recognize 
that the Council remains paralyzed as it has been for two and a half years.  The world 
cannot wait for endless failed processes that can only lead to increased suffering in 
Syria and regional instability.  We support efforts undertaken by the United States and 
other countries to reinforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons. 

We commit to supporting longer term international efforts, including through the United 
Nations, to address the enduring security challenge posed by Syria’s chemical weapons 
stockpiles.  Signatories have also called for the UN fact finding mission to present its 
results as soon as possible, and for the Security Council to act accordingly.

We condemn in the strongest terms all human rights violations in Syria on all sides.  
More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict, more than 2 million people 
have become refugees, and approximately 5 million are internally displaced.  Recognizing 
that Syria’s conflict has no military solution, we reaffirm our commitment to seek a 
peaceful political settlement through full implementation of the 2012 Geneva Communique.  
We are committed to a political solution which will result in a united, inclusive and 
democratic Syria. 

We have contributed generously to the latest United Nations (UN) and ICRC appeals for 
humanitarian assistance and will continue to provide support to address the growing 
humanitarian needs in Syria and their impact on regional countries. We welcome the 
contributions announced at the meeting of donor countries on the margins of the G20.  
We call upon all parties to allow humanitarian actors safe and unhindered access to 
those in need.  

European signatories will continue to engage in promoting a common European position.

Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/06/joint-statement-syria

"auch mit den Ländern der Region einschließlich Iran"

PRESSEMITTEILUNG 
Außenminister Westerwelle zu Syrien: Vor weiteren Maßnahmen VN-Bericht abwarten
Erscheinungsdatum 06.09.2013

Außenminister Guido Westerwelle erklärte heute (06.09.) zum Auftakt des informellen Treffens der EU-Außenminister in Wilna:

"Wir haben jetzt nach den intensiven Gesprächen auf dem G20-Gipfel in St. Petersburg die Gelegenheit, 
die Beratungen zu Syrien in Wilna im Kreis der EU-Außenminister fortzusetzen, morgen auch gemeinsam 
mit Außenminister Kerry. Wir arbeiten, wie Sie alleine an dieser Gesprächsdichte erkennen, mit 
Hochdruck an einer politischen Lösung. [...]

Der Einsatz chemischer Massenvernichtungswaffen, der in Syrien statt gefunden hat, ist ein schweres 
Verbrechen. Hierauf sollte die Weltgemeinschaft eine klare gemeinsame Antwort finden. In dieser 
Richtung sind wir im Gespräch mit allen Partnern, natürlich auch mit Russland und mit China aber 
auch mit den Ländern der Region einschließlich Iran.

Wir sind der Überzeugung, dass es notwendig ist, jetzt zunächst vor weiteren Entscheidungen den 
Bericht der Chemiewaffen-Inspekteure der Vereinten Nationen abzuwarten. Das ist unser Appell an 
jene, die zur Zeit über weitere Maßnahmen nachdenken. [...]

Wir haben dazu auch heute in St. Petersburg gemeinsam mit der Bundeskanzlerin ein sehr intensives 
Gespräch mit Generalsekretär Ban Ki Moon geführt. Wir haben sehr darauf gedrängt, dass die Vorlage 
des Berichts der Vereinten Nationen beschleunigt wird, damit die Ergebnisse dieses unabhängigen 
Berichts auch in die Entscheidungsfindung in den Hauptstädten einfließen können."

Source: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/DE/Infoservice/Presse/Meldungen/2013/130906-BM_SYR.html

"The International Community Cannot Remain Idle"

EUROPEAN UNION 

Vilnius, 7 September 2013
A 447/13

Remarks by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton
following the informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers,
Vilnius, 7 September 2013

"Can I begin by thanking Linas, the Lithuanian government and people for their incredible
hospitality. They hosted foreign ministers, defence ministers, and parliamentarians in the space of
the last three days and have done it with enormous grace and of course made sure that the weather
works for us too.

We began discussions at the Gymnich on our Common Security and Defence Policy in preparation
for the report that I will submit to the summit in December. That was building on a very productive
meeting of EU Ministers of Defence who met here on Thursday and Friday morning. There was a
great deal of welcome for the interim report which I can now finalise and submit to EU leaders. We
also had the opportunity to look at the Commission's communication on defence and to discuss our
recent operations. I really hope we will get strong support from EU leaders as we move forward on
our Common Security and Defence Policy, when they meet in December to discuss this.

We then moved on to the preparations for ovember's summit in Vilnius with the countries of the
Eastern Partnership. There is obviously a lot of work to be done in the lead-up to the summit. We
want to ensure that our partners show that they can deliver on their commitments to reform but we
also have to recognize that they face huge pressure. If we succeed, the Association Agreements,
with the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas, will give our partners the framework that they
need for the transformation that they wish to see. In the rule of law, democracy, human rights, as
well as much better access to the biggest market in the world. That will be of benefit to all of us.

You will know that this morning we were joined by Secretary of State John Kerry. It was a delight
to welcome him here to Vilnius. We had a number of discussions but I wanted, following the
conclusion of his discussions with us and then our own talks at the Gymnich, to read out to you a
statement that I want to make, which reflects the agreed position of the European Union, reflects
the position agreed by all Member States. It will be available to you shortly."

 * On 21 August, a large-scale chemical attack was perpetrated in the outskirts of Damascus,
   killing hundreds of people, including many women and children. That attack constituted a
   blatant violation of international law, a war crime, and a crime against humanity. We were
   unanimous in condemning in the strongest terms this horrific attack.

 * Information from a wide variety of sources confirms the existence of such an attack. It
   seems to indicate strong evidence that the Syrian regime is responsible for these attacks as it
   is the only one that possesses chemical weapons agents and means of their delivery in a
   sufficient quantity.

 * In the face of this cynical use of chemical weapons, the international community cannot
   remain idle. A clear and strong response is crucial to make clear that such crimes are
   unacceptable and that there can be no impunity. We must prevent creating a dreadful
   precedent for the use of chemical weapons in Syria again, or elsewhere.

 * The EU underscores at the same time the need to move forward with addressing the Syrian
   crisis through the UN process. We note the on-going UN investigation on the 21st of August
   attack and further investigations on other chemical weapons attacks carried out in this
   conflict. It hopes a preliminary report of this first investigation can be released as soon as
   possible and welcomes President Hollande‘s statement to wait for this report before any
   further action. The EU urges the UN Security Council to unite in its efforts to prevent any
   further chemical attack. To that effect, it encourages the UNSC to fulfil its responsibilities
   and take all initiatives to achieve this goal. The EU and its member states intend to play a
   full and active part in that context.

 * The EU recalls the individual responsibility of the perpetrators of attacks of this type, who
   must be held accountable, and the role of the ICC in investigating and judging such acts.

 * Only a political solution that will result in a united, inclusive and democratic Syria can end
   the terrible bloodshed, grave violations of human rights and the far-reaching destruction of
   Syria. An encompassing diplomatic process leading to a political solution is now more
   urgent than ever. The initiative for a "Geneva II" peace conference must move ahead swiftly
   The EU is ready to provide all support needed to achieve a political settlement and work
   with partners and international actors, particularly the United Nations.

 * The EU will uphold its commitment, as the largest donor, to provide aid and assistance to
   those in need due to the Syrian conflict. It will maintain its readiness to help the recovery,
   rehabilitation and transition in Syria, in accordance with the needs of the Syrian people.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS:

Michael Mann +32 498 999 780 - +32 2 584 97 80 - Michael.Mann@eeas.europa.eu
Maja Kocijancic +32 498 984 425 - +32 2 298 65 70 - Maja.Kocijancic@ec.europa.eu
Sébastien Brabant +32 460 75 09 98 - Sebastien.Brabant@ec.europa.eu
www.eeas.europa.eu
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Source: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/138691.pdf

"12. Staat der gestrigen St. Petersburger Erklärung zum Syrienkonflikt"

Samstag, 7. September 2013 
Pressemitteilung: 308
Ausgabejahr: 2013
Bundeskanzlerin Merkel begrüßt die gemeinsame Haltung der EU-Außenminister zu Syrien
Der Sprecher der Bundesregierung, Steffen Seibert, teilt mit:

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel begrüßt, dass die EU-Außenminister sich in Vilnius auf 
eine gemeinsame Haltung zum Syrien-Konflikt geeinigt haben. Sie dankt dem 
Bundesaußenminister, der sich dafür intensiv und erfolgreich eingesetzt hat. Das Signal 
eines in seiner Haltung zu diesem schrecklichen Konflikt geeinten Europas ist von 
unschätzbarer Bedeutung. Der Erfolg von Vilnius zeigt, wie richtig die deutsche 
Entscheidung in St. Petersburg war, zunächst auf eine gemeinsame europäische Position 
hinzuwirken. Die Bundesregierung wird sich nun als 12. Staat der gestrigen St. 
Petersburger Erklärung zum Syrienkonflikt anschließen. Sie nimmt dabei ausdrücklich 
auf die gemeinsame deutsch-französische Position Bezug, dass ein Bericht der 
UN-Inspektoren so bald wie möglich - und bevor weitere Maßnahmen ergriffen werden - 
vorgelegt werden sollte.

Source: http://www.bundesregierung.de/Content/DE/Pressemitteilungen/BPA/2013/09/2013-09-07-bkin-zu-syrien.html

See Also

syria/strong international response (zuletzt geändert am 2013-09-09 14:57:21 durch heiner)