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On June 4, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius met with Professor Åke Sellström, head of the investigation mission set up by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and tasked with establishing the facts about the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Mr. Fabius handed Prof. Sellström the results of analyses carried out by a French laboratory and that convinced France that "sarin gas has been used in Syria several times and in a localized manner." Without naming those "guilty of these crimes", the Syrian opposition or the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, Mr. Fabius underlined it would be "intelorable" for them to "enjoy impunity."
British Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the decision by France to share such information and stressed the "evidence of human rights violations by all sides (…) underline the urgent need for a political solution to end the conflict."
On the contrary, the United States welcomed France’s information cautiously. On June 5, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that "what we are still seeking is the kind of evidence to build on top of that existing evidence that makes a concrete case for the assertion that chemical weapons were (have been) used that can demonstrate when and by whom they were used, and the consequences of that use."
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