British PM May: ‘If’ Chem Attack Confirmed and ‘If’ Syria Responsible, They ‘Must Be Held to Account’

By Staff | April 11, 2018 | 11:25 AM EDT

British Prime Minister Theresa May

( - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that if the chemical weapons attack in Syria is confirmed and the Syrian regime is responsible it must be held to account.

In a statement released on Tuesday evening, after she spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, a spokesperson for May said virtually the same thing.

“If confirmed, this is yet another example of the Assad regime’s brutality and brazen disregard for its own people and for its legal obligations not to use these weapons,” May said Monday. “If they are found to be responsible, the regime and its backers, including Russia, must be held to account.”

The statement May’s office released on Tuesday night said that she, Trump and Macron agree that, if the attack is “confirmed,” then “those responsible” for it should be “held to account.”

Here is the full text of the statement by May’s spokesperson:

“The Prime Minister held separate telephone conversations earlier today with the US President Donald Trump and the French President Emmanuel Macron.

“They agreed that reports of a chemical weapons attack in Syria were utterly reprehensible and if confirmed, represented further evidence of the Assad regime’s appalling cruelty against its own people and total disregard for its legal obligations not to use these weapons.

“They agreed that the international community needed to respond to uphold the worldwide prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.

“They agreed they would continue working closely together and with international partners to ensure that those responsible were held to account."


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