“Those responsible must be held accountable,”
He added that “information available from a wide variety of sources” strongly suggested the culpability of Syrian President
"The Syrian regime maintains custody of stockpiles of chemical weapons," Rasmussen said.
The Syrian government denies it has used chemical weapons in the 2-year-old war and blames elements among the rebels fighting to unseat Assad.
Rasmussen expressed support for the on-the-ground investigation being conducted by
There has been no indication that countries pressing for a military response against Damascus, including the United States and France, will turn to NATO for logistical or physical support, as they did when the alliance helped impose a
Rasmussen's comments came as Britain said it would propose a resolution at the United Nations on Wednesday authorizing action to protect civilians in Syria from chemical weapons.