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Syria, Sarin and Cyprus: An Open Letter to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Syria, Sarin and Cyprus: An Open Letter to the Right Honourable Theresa May MP, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Klearchos A. Kyriakides[1] 

Published in Agora Dialogue at on 9 May 2018


Date: 9 May 2018 

Dear Prime Minister

Re: Syria, Sarin and Cyprus


I refer to your first statement on Syria of 14 April 2018,[3] your second statement on Syria of the same date[4] and your subsequent statement on Syria of 16 April 2018.[5]

Eastern Mediterranean 1a LLLLOn each of these occasions, you referred to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

For instance, on 16 April 2018, you pointed to the ‘sarin attack in eastern Damascus back in August 2013’, to an incident ‘at Khan Shaykhun on 4 April last year where the Syrian regime used sarin against its people, killing around 100, with a further 500 casualties’,[6] and to the ‘horrific attack in Douma’ on 7 April 2018.

In your assessment, ‘indications’ suggested that the latter ‘was a chemical weapons attack’ resulting in ‘the victims’ being ‘exposed to a…

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