News ID: 213199
Published: 0813 GMT April 14, 2018

UN warns on escalation in Syria

UN warns on escalation in Syria
UN Secretary-General António Guterres (IRNA PHOTO)

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the international community to avoid any action that can lead to an escalation of the crisis in Syria.

The appeal was made following a series of missile attacks by the US and its European allies, UK and France, on some military targets in Syria, IRNA reported.

“There’s an obligation, particularly when dealing with matters of peace and security, to act consistently with the Charter of the United Nations and with international law in general. The UN Charter is very clear on these issues,” Guterres said in a statement.

“The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. I call on the members of the Security Council to unite and exercise that responsibility. I urge all member states to show restraint in these dangerous circumstances and to avoid any act that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people.”

The attacks were delivered by the US just hours after a team of fact-finding was sent to Syria by Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate the alleged chemical attack.

US blames the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on Syrian government.

   
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