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Ashton: UN support for Syria “extremely important”

August 26, 2013

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says a decision about military intervention in Syria hasn’t been made yet and the support of the U.N. Security Council for any such action remains “extremely important.”

Ashton told reporters in Estonia’s capital Tallinn on Monday that the world “need to find a political solution” for Syria’s bloodshed.

She said it is difficult for the EU, with its 28 members, to reach a joint conclusion, but the bloc is considering “various options.”

Ashton said she has stressed the need to end the violence in “recent conversations with China and Russia.” She also said it is important that U.N. weapons inspectors are allowed to examine the evidence of a potential gas attack “as quickly as possible to reach a conclusion.”

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