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Australia backs action against Syria, with or without UN approval

Australia, incoming chair of the UN Security Council, announced Wednesday it endorses possible retaliation against Syria over the use of chemical weapons, whether or not the Security Council agrees.

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Australia, incoming chair of the U.N. Security Council, has endorsed possible retaliation against Syria over the use of chemical weapons, even if the council fails to agree on action.

Australia, a close ally of the United States, is due to take over the rotating leadership of the council on Sunday, a role that requires it to assist council members to reach agreement.

But Foreign Minister Bob Carr said that if it was proved the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons, the world had a mandate to respond, even if the United Nations failed to agree on such action.

 

"We're moving to a stage where America and like-minded countries are contemplating what sort of response," Carr told reporters on Wednesday.

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