UK urges Malawi to support Syria attack

By Yamikani Msukwa

The UK government is urging Malawi to support a military strike on Syria as a punishment for using chemical weapons on civilians.
This comes as US President Barack Obama is calling for support from other nations to launch an attack on Damascus on claims that the chemical weapons killed over one thousand people.
The British high commissioner to Malawi Michael Nevin told Capital radio that it will be necessary to have a collective action against Syria to serve a lesson to other countries using the same weapons.

Nevin says the US government should not be left alone to handle the issue.
He claims that the US’s campaign to strike Syria is aimed at eliminating chemical munitions, military chemical units, chemical weapons production facilities, any or all of the above.
There was no immediate comment from the Malawi government on the matter.
Earlier, Malawian authorities promised to declare their stand after assessing the situation in that country.

USA and UK are planning attack on Syria accusing its government forces of killing 1,429 people in a chemical weapons attack in Damascus last week.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the dead included 426 children, and described the attack as an “inconceivable horror”.

President Barack Obama later said the US was considering a “limited narrow act” in response.

Syria has dismissed Mr Kerry’s statement as “full of lies”, insisting the rebels carried out the attack.

State-run news agency Sana said Mr Kerry, who cited a US intelligence assessment, was using “material based on old stories which were published by terrorists over a week ago”.

The US says its assessment is backed by accounts from medical personnel, witnesses, journalists, videos and thousands of social media reports.

UN chemical weapons inspectors are investigating the alleged poison-gas attacks and will present preliminary findings to the UN after they leave Damascus on Saturday.

But Mr Kerry said the US already had the facts, and nothing that the UN weapons inspectors found could tell the world anything new.

He highlighted evidence in the assessment that regime forces had spent three days in eastern Damascus preparing for the attack.

“We know rockets came only from regime-controlled areas and landed only in opposition-held areas,” he said.

“All of these things we know, the American intelligence community has high confidence.”

Mr Kerry called Mr Assad “a thug and a murderer” but said any response by the US would be carefully measured and would not involve a protracted campaign like Iraq or Afghanistan.

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