EU, Arab League Support Contention that Syria Used Chemical Weapons

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_1ef127e146.jpgSUSAN WALSH/AFP/Getty Images (PARIS) -- European governments and the Arab League have lined up behind the Obama administration's conclusion that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons last month, killing an estimated 1,400 people. However, there has been no rush by the European Union or the Arab League other than Saudi Arabia to recommend the use of military force to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as is being urged by President Obama.

In Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters after meeting with the Arab League on Sunday, "All of us agreed -- not one dissenter -- this crosses an international, global red line."  The League is made up of more than 20 Arab states.

Kerry said the group was "weighing possible measures" to stop the Assad government from using chemical weapons again.

An EU statement of support was released on Saturday after a two-day meeting in Lithuania, which included discussions with Kerry.  The EU had struggled to come to a unanimous stance on Syria but the statement spoke of unilateral agreement.

For now, however, European leaders believe a strike should wait for a United Nations inspectors' report, which is due later this month.

Inspectors initially confirmed that evidence of chemical agents were found at the site of the alleged attack just outside of Damascus but did not speculate about who perpetrated the assault.

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