Everyone should act within UN Charter, int'l law: Guterres
The United Nations Secretary-General demanded that actions that 'worsen the sufferings of the Syrian people' should be avoided, and added everyone should act consistently within the Charter of the United Nations and within international law in general.
'I have been closely following the reports of the air strikes in Syria conducted by the United States, France and the United Kingdom. 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,' Antonio Guterres said at the UN Security Council's meeting on the unilateral attack on Syria.
'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 acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people.'
He added, 'Any use of chemical weapons is abhorrent. The suffering it causes is horrendous. 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. I urge the Security Council to assume its responsibilities and fill this gap. I will continue to engage with Member States to help achieve this objective.'
The US, the UK and France attacked some points in Syria on the unproven allegation of chemical weapon use. The examination about the event that was entailed in the Russian-drafted resolution at the UNSC was vetoed by the US. And then the attacks were made.
Syrian Government has denied such allegations; the Russian envoy at the UN said that the use of chemical weapons is the terrorists' to gain attention. Syria's chemical arsenal was destroyed following the 2014 agreement.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Saturday, 'This morning’s attack on Syria is a crime. I firmly declare that the presidents of the US and France and British PM committed a major crime. They will make no gains; just as they did not while being in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan in the past years, committing the same criminal acts.'