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Pelosi Statement on the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in response to the Syrian government’s deadly use of chemical weapons on its citizens:

“The Syrian government’s horrific, wanton, and undeniable use of chemical weapons against its own people is a clear violation of any moral standard and places the Assad regime well outside the circle of respect for basic human rights.  President Assad’s partnership with Iran and designated terrorist organization Hezbollah to perpetrate such violence only further threatens the safety of the Syrian people and the stability of the region. 

“This regime’s indiscriminate actions have claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people, internally displaced 4.25 million people, and forced 1.7 million men, women, and children to flee.  We appreciate the response taken by neighboring countries to receive and address the needs of Syrian refugees.

“We join President Obama and the international community in strongly condemning the senseless violence of the Assad regime.  Moving forward, Members of Congress stand ready to consult with President Obama to consider the appropriate course of action in response to these acts of brutality.”