WELLINGTON, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- The New Zealand government on Wednesday urged the United Nations Security Council to agree a course of action in response to the reported use of chemical weapons in the civil war in Syria.
"The grisly pictures and reports of chemical weapons attacks in recent days have prompted consideration of a range of options in various parts of the world. The New Zealand government remains committed to the Security Council as the appropriate vehicle to address this crisis. It has a clear legal basis for taking action and a clear responsibility to show leadership," Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said.
"It is clear that international patience with Security Council inaction is wearing thin. We again urge the UNSC to show leadership and to take action against the reported use of chemical weapons," McCully said in a statement.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is remaining engaged in the exchanges that are taking place. We have a very close interest in information verifying the use of chemical weapons in Syria and in evidence proving who was responsible," he said.
"We have no intention in engaging in speculation or commentary about the way forward. This is a time in which both words and prospective actions should be evaluated with great care."