UN team investigating possible chemical attack in Syria comes under sniper fire

National Post | News

Hours after a United Nations convoy was riddled with sniper fire in the Syrian capital on Monday, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs conceded that his long-espoused belief in a strictly political solution “is becoming more and more difficult as the crisis enters a very dangerous new phase.”

But John Baird stopped short of pledging any other method of intervention.

At a Toronto press conference on Monday, Mr. Baird called for a “firm response from the international community” in the wake of a chemical weapons strike in Syria last week.

But when pressed on the specifics of such a response, the minister would only say “let’s take it one step at a time.


“Canada will continue to work closely with our international partners to review a full range of options going forward,” he said. “First, we’re going to work to get the facts with the UN team on the ground.”

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