Political solution best way for Syria despite chemical weapons evidence: Baird

CHELSEA, Que. – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says evidence of the use of chemical weapons in Syria is mounting, but a political solution remains the best way to end the conflict.

Baird says Canada wants to ensure it has all the facts before deciding how to respond to allegations of a chemical weapons attack this week outside Damascus.

He made the remarks today after a meeting with Indonesia’s foreign minister.

Syrian anti-government activists accuse President Bashar Assad’s regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack that may have killed as many as 1,300 people — allegations the government calls “absolutely baseless.”

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the Syrian government to agree to his request for UN experts to investigate the claims.

Baird says Canada supports the UN’s efforts to find out what happened.