Britain, Turkey say Syria response possible without U.N. backing

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Both Britain and Turkey said on Monday that it would be possible to respond to chemical weapons use in Syria without the unanimous backing of the United Nations Security Council.

In an interview with BBC radio, British Foreign Secretary William Hague made the remarks on the possibility of his country’s response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria last week.

“Is it possible to respond to chemical weapons without complete unity on the U.N. Security Council? I would argue yes it is otherwise it might be impossible to respond to such outrages, such crimes, and I don’t think that’s an acceptable situation,” Hague said, in comments reported by Reuters news agency.

Meanwhile, Turkey said it would join any international coalition against Syria even if a wider consensus on action cannot be reached at the U.N. Security Council, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying on Monday.

“We always prioritize acting together with the international community, with United Nations decisions. If such a decision doesn’t emerge from the U.N. Security Council, other alternatives ... would come onto the agenda,” Davutoglu told the Milliyet daily, according to Reuters.

“Currently 36-37 countries are discussing these alternatives. If a coalition is formed against Syria in this process, Turkey would take its place in this coalition.”

(With Reuters)

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