People behind chemical attacks should be held accountable: Polish FM
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The people behind chemical attacks should be held accountable, Poland's foreign minister said in Luxembourg on Monday following suspected chemical attacks by the Syrian regime.
Federica Mogherini and Jacek Czaputowicz. Photo: TYMON MARKOWSKI/MSZ
Speaking after a meeting of the European Union's foreign ministers, Poland's Jacek Czaputowicz said the gathering decided to express solidarity with allied air strikes in Syria.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, US, British and French forces launched a series of air strikes targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development centre in Damascus and two other sites near Homs.
The air strikes followed a suspected chemical attack on civilians by the Syrian regime in Douma, east of Damascus, on April 7, in which 60 people were killed.
Czaputowicz said the foreign ministers decided to express solidarity with the US, UK and France and said the people behind chemical attacks should be held accountable.
The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said: "The only way to put an end to the suffering of the Syrian people is to put all the pressure that we can on the parties, in particular, the Syrian regime," to attend peace talks with "a genuine intention to negotiate."
The foreign ministers also discussed ties with Moscow, Russian military activity in Ukraine and Syria, and last month's suspected nerve agent attack in the UK on an ex-Russian spy as well as fake news and cybersecurity.
"Many countries pointed to the need to maintain a consistent European Union policy as regards Russia," Czaputowicz said, adding that the bloc needed to defend democratic values and its own interests. (vb/pk)
Source: MSZ, consilium.europa.eu