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Syria: PM call with Chancellor Merkel

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The PM has discussed the situation in Syria with Chancellor Merkel and agreed that UN investigators should visit the site of the attack.

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A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister called Chancellor Merkel to discuss how the international community should respond to the chemical weapons attack in Syria last week.

They agreed that this was a very grave incident and that there was little doubt that it had been carried out by the regime, particularly given their refusal to grant the UN access to the site immediately after the attack. They agreed that UN investigators should visit the site tomorrow to seek to establish further information but we should be realistic about what they will be able to achieve and that, following continued shelling in recent days, any hard evidence is likely to have been corrupted.

They agreed that such an attack demanded a firm response from the international community and to keep in touch in the days ahead.

Published 25 August 2013