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EU's Ashton points to "strong evidence" on Syrian gov't chemical attack

Catherine Ashton, the foreign policy chief of the European Union (EU), on Saturday told reporters here that strong evidence indicated the Syrian government was responsible for the chemical arm attack in the country.

"Information from wide relatives' sources confirms the existence that such an attack and seems to indicate strong evidence that a Syrian regime is responsible of this attack as is the only one that possesses chemical weapons agents and the means of the delivery in this efficient quantity," said Ashton at a press conference following a informal meeting of 15 EU foreign ministers and the US Secretary of State John Kerry.

According to a EU statement, the meeting had focused on discussion around a military action against Syria.

Ashton said that the EU underscores at the same time the need to move forward with addressing the Syrian crisis trough UN process.

"We noted the ongoing investigation on the 21 of August attack and further investigations on other chemical weapons attacks carried out in this conflict," she said, "It helps a preliminary report of this first investigation can be released as soon as possible and welcomes (French) President (Francois) Holland statement to wait for this report before any further action."

Ashton said that only a political solution can end this terrible violation of human rights and so far the destruction of Syria, and a diplomatic process leading to a political solution is now more urgent than ever.

"The initiatives for Geneva II peace conference must move ahead swiftly," said Ashton, "The EU is ready to provide all the support needed to achieve a political settlement until work with partners and international actors in particular the UN."

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