December 4, 2012 – The State Department in the U.S. and President Obama warned Syria President Bashar Assad that he would be crossing a red line if he used chemical weapons against his fellow Syrians.
Jay Carney, the spokesman for the White House said the White House was concerned that the beleaguered regime has found its increase in violence behind conventional means to be inadequate; therefore, it might consider using chemical weapons to attack the Syrian people.
Carney added that President Obama said any use of chemical weapons by the regime in Syria would be crossing the red line for the U.S. The world will be watching, said Carney and the Assad regime must realize that and they would be held accountable by the international community, including the U.S. if chemical weapons are used or if they do not meet the obligations to secure the weapons.
At the same time, U.N. groups in Syria have curtail their staff movements because the capital is becoming more and more affected by unstable conditions, said officials.
A humanitarian coordinator for the U.N. said that even in Damascus the situation regarding security was extremely difficult. The coordinator said that as long as humanitarian law is not observed fully by every party in the conflict and as long as humanitarian workers’ safety is not completely secured, the U.N. has to review its presence in Syria along with how they deliver aid.
Since March of 2011 when the conflict started, eight employees of the U.N. have been killed. In addition, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent has also had eighteen volunteers killed.
On Monday, Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State announced the U.S. would take the necessary action needed if Syria were to use chemical weapons.
The Foreign Ministry of Syria responded by saying the government would not be using chemical weapons, if it even had them, against its own people under any or all circumstances.