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4/14/2018 9:43:14 PM

Nations condemn US, British and French attack on Syria

An official source at the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said on April 14th that Syria condemns with the strongest terms the tripartite U.S., British and French aggression on Syria as being a flagrant violation of the international law and the principals of U.N. charter, according to SANA.

A missile is seen crossing over Damascus, Syria April 14th. (Photo: SANA)

The timing of the aggression, which coincides with the arrival of a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) fact-finding to investigate claims related to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma, mainly aims at impeding the work of the mission, anticipating its results and to put pressure on it in an attempt to uncover their lies and fabrications, the source said.

Syria calls on the international community to strongly condemn this aggression which will lead to nothing, but to ignite tensions in the world and to pose threat to the international peace and security as a whole, the source added.

It went on to say that the brutal barbaric aggression, which was met by the high spirit of the Syrian people who took to streets and squares in condemnation of this attack, will not affect the determination and will of the Syrian people and their armed forces to continue pursuing the remnants of Takfiri terrorism and defending Syria’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and restoring its security and stability.

Following a series of missile attacks by the U.S. and its European allies, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres called on the international community to avoid any action that can lead to an escalation of the crisis in Syria.

“I urge all Member States to show restraint in these dangerous circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people,” Guterres said in a statement.

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Saturday strongly condemned the overnight attack by the U.S. on some Syrian targets.

“The attack is the blatant violation of international laws, as well as ignoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria,” said Bahram Qasemi, the spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry.

Iran is against any use of chemical weapons, based on its law, and religious and ethical codes, but at the same time it condemns using pretexts for invading any independent country, he said.

“No doubt the U.S. and its allies that are engaged a military intervention in Syria without any substantiated document and before any final report of the OPCW,” Qasemi said.

The same day, Russian President Vladimir Putin strongly condemned the attack on Syria. "Russia strongly condemns the attack on Syria where Russian servicemen are helping the legitimate government in the war on terrorism," the Kremlin press office quoted Putin as saying.

"By its actions, the U.S. is increasingly exacerbating the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria and bringing sufferings to civilians and actually conniving at terrorists who have been tormenting the Syrian people for seven years and provoking a new wave of refugees from that country and the region as a whole," Putin said.

Photo released on the Twitter page of the Syrian government's central military media shows an explosion on the outskirts of Damascus after Western strikes reportedly hit Syrian military bases and chemical research centres in and around the capital. (Photo: AFP/STR/Handout)

China said Saturday it was "opposed to the use of force" following U.S.-led air strikes against Syria and called for a "return to the framework of international law".

"We consistently oppose the use of force in international relations, and advocate respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all countries," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on its website.

Hua said unilateral military action bypassing the U.N. Security Council would "add new complicating factors to the resolution of the Syrian issue".

"China believes that a political solution is the only realistic way out for the Syrian issue," she added. "China urges all the relevant parties to return to the framework of international law and to resolve the issue through dialogue and consultation."

Cuba strongly condemned the recent attack by the U.S., the UK and France on Syria that Havana sees it based on the pretext of an alleged use of chemical weapons in the country.

This is a “flagrant violation of International Law and the U.N. Chapter, while being an outrage against a sovereign state that worsens the conflict in Syria and the region,” the website of Presna Latina, the official Cuban news agency, quotes a statement issued by the country's Foreign Ministry.

The statement added that the U.S. has attacked Syria before the accusations on Syrian government are verified by the international community, as the OPCW is currently investigating in Syria.

“The Cuban Revolutionary Government conveys its solidarity and sympathy with the people and government of Syria for the loss of lives and material damage as a consequence of this heinous attack,” the statement read.

In a statement issued Saturday, Belarusian Ministry called upon all relevant sides to promptly stop using military force against other states and to find out other means for settling the crisis in a peaceful way.

The ministry pointed out that any steps to respond on the use of chemical weapons should rely on unambiguous facts as they should by implemented in accordance to criteria of international law, pointing out that these criteria were not taken into account during the aggression on Syria.

The ministry stressed on the necessity that the OPCW investigates the allegations on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has commented on the strikes launched by the U.S., the UK and France on Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian administration on civilians. Abe said the use of chemical weapons is inhumane and unacceptable.

He said the Japanese government supports the commitment of the U.S., Britain and France to never tolerating the spread and use of chemical weapons.

Abe said he understands the attack was aimed at preventing a further escalation of the situation, adding that he will convene a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss Japan's response./.

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