German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has called on the United Nations to release its report on a recent chemical attack in Syria “as quickly as possible. ”
“My request is that we get as quickly as possible the results of the inspection team, that we have an independent statement by an independent neutral institution,” he said on Friday upon arrival in the Lithuanian capital. “I think it is a good way to ask our colleagues in the United Nations to speed up with the exploration of the inspection team,” he said, adding, “I think that's important for many other discussions in some capital cities.” Last week, a team of UN chemical weapons inspectors finished its work on the site of a chemical attack in Syria. A Swedish military lab has reportedly been assigned the task of analyzing samples collected by the team. The recent war rhetoric against Syria first gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside the country and its foreign-backed opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus. Damascus categorically rejected the accusation. Nevertheless, a number of Western countries, including the US, France, and the UK, quickly started campaigning for war. Since then, media outlets have reported US plans for likely surgical attacks, which would be in the form of “cruise-missile strikes,” and “could rely on … US destroyers in the Mediterranean [Sea].” Blatant calls for war by the US President Barack Obama administration have not faded despite reluctance by some of its closest allies to engage in any military intervention in Syria. Obama has said his administration will first seek authorization for the attack from a skeptical Congress.