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08/22/2013 03:25 pm ET

Mark Goldberg, U.N. Journalist: Syria May Not Allow U.N. Investigation In Chemical Weapons Attack

It remains unclear as to whether the U.N. will be granted permission to intervene in Syria, following allegations that the government used chemical weapons in an attack that killed over 100 people. U.N. Dispatch Managing Editor Mark Goldberg joined HuffPost Live's Ahmed Shihab-Eldin to discuss the current situation.

"The key question right now is whether or not those weapons inspectors are going to be able to access the site of the alleged attacks," Goldberg said. "They need the permission of the Syrian government to do so. So there's an effort right now at the U.N. to try to convince the Syrian government to let them go."

While the U.S., Britain and France have all called for a U.N. investigation, Russia has come to Syria's defense.

Goldberg spoke to this, noting, "If it emerges that they have asked the Syrian government for permission to investigate these attacks and the Syrian government says no, then we've reached a new level of intransigence and hostility by the Syrian government ... The key question then is whether or not that will sway the Russians in any way who are still pretty staunchly supportive of the Syrian government."

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