In Rush to Strike Syria, US Tried to Derail UN ProbeSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 08/28/2013 - 13:04
In Rush to Strike Syria, US Tried to Derail UN Probe
Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by Inter Press Service
by Gareth Porter
WASHINGTON - After initially insisting that Syria give United Nations investigators unimpeded access to the site of an alleged nerve gas attack, the administration of President Barack Obama reversed its position on Sunday and tried unsuccessfully to get the U.N. to call off its investigation.
The administration’s reversal, which came within hours of the deal reached between Syria and the U.N., was reported by the Wall Street Journal Monday and effectively confirmed by a State Department spokesperson later that day.
In his press appearance Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry, who intervened with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to call off the investigation, dismissed the U.N. investigation as coming too late to obtain valid evidence on the attack that Syrian opposition sources claimed killed as many 1,300 people.