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Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Finally certainty on use of poison gas

The UN report on the use of poison gas provides sufficient ammunition to raise the pressure on Syria, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 ore concludes: "Thanks to the indirect confirmation of the United Nations it is now possible to say with conviction that the attack of August 21 was ordered by the government in Damascus. Assad is the only one who has this kind of toxic gas and the necessary surface-to-surface missiles at his disposal. ... With this certainty the report represents a turning point. It gives the US threat of military intervention greater force in the event that Syria doesn't stick to the agreements for destroying its chemical weapons. The report also increases the US's, France's and the UK's room for manoeuvre in pushing through a more aggressive UN resolution against Syria, in which the chemical weapons disarmament process is stipulated step by step and its implementation guaranteed."

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