On Wednesday (August 28), after meeting with the head of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC), Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said the world must respond to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime or risk the weapons being used again in Syria and in future conflicts.
“In 2013, that someone could use these type of weapons of mass destruction with impunity would not only set a very bad precedent for the ongoing conflict in Syria, but also, frankly, would give a green light to any dictator to use these weapons of mass destruction against their own people in future conflicts,” said Minister Baird speaking to reporters in Montreal.
Baird made the remark after meeting in Montreal with George Sabra, the head of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC), amid intensifying talk of possible military strikes on Syria.
Baird said it’s not clear yet how Canada could contribute to a possible military intervention.
Asked by journalists whether Parliament (which is on summer break) would have to be recalled to discuss a Canadian intervention in Syria, the Minister suggested the government would look at the options before making a decision. He did say Canada had limited “capacity” to contribute in any military intervention.
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