UN Chief Warns Further Escalation After US, UK, France Airstrikes on Syria

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

"Syria today is the most serious threat, and there is no military solution to the conflict", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tells the UN Security Council.

The document aims to find common ground in support of an investigation of the alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Despite the deadlock in the Security Council, OPCW has said that it would shortly send a team to Syria to "establish the facts" surrounding the incident.

"I urge the Security Council to assume its responsibilities and fill this gap".

Guterres said "the Cold War is back with a vengeance but with a difference" because safeguards that managed the risk of escalation in the past "no longer seem to be present".

During the meeting, Russian Federation accused the West of having the sole aim in Syria of overthrowing the regime as it asked US, French and British leaders to refrain from military action.

'Let us not forget that, ultimately, our efforts must be to end the awful suffering of the Syrian people'.

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Missile strikes of the United States, France and British on Syria have drawn a conflicting response from allies and foes of the Syrian government.

On Tuesday, a U.S drafted resolution on a new mechanism to investigate chemical weapons use in Syria was vetoed by Russian Federation, whose draft resolution on the same issue failed to win majority support.

During the meeting, Britain's permanent representative to the United Nations Karen Pierce said that Russian actions regarding Syria are "the latest in a pernicious chronology of disregard for worldwide law" by Moscow.

After the United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of strikes against Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime on April. 14, 2018 in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said that France fired cruise missiles from frigates in the Mediterranean and deployed fighter jets from home bases as part of its strikes.

"I have repeatedly expressed my deep disappointment that the Security Council failed to agree on a dedicated mechanism for effective accountability for the use of chemical weapons in Syria".

"Having the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad preside over global chemical and nuclear-weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women's shelter", said Neuer.

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