Western powers at United Nations make case for military action against Syria

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

GMMF executive chairman and chief executive officer, Datuk Dr Nasharudin Mat Isa, in a statement, said more efforts should be made to seek peaceful resolutions to the conflict.

China on Saturday criticized the joint attack carried out by the United States, the UK and France in Syria and said it violated the UN Charter, complicating further the conflict's solution.

But she stopped short of explicitly supporting them.

Air strikes by the three allies on Saturday hit 3 targets that Western officials said were linked to chemical weapons development in the Damascus and Homs areas.

"France will shoulder its responsibility to end an intolerable threat to our collective security", said French Ambassador Francois Delattre, who called for an end to the "chemical weapons escalation in Syria". "We should not give up on the U.N being the way to achieve that".

The Swedish-drafted text calls for the establishment of an investigative panel to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons use in Syria after Russian Federation this week vetoed a United States proposal to set up such a mechanism.

Global chemical weapons experts were travelling to Syria to investigate an alleged gas attack by government forces on Douma which killed dozens of people.

The mechanisms and the safeguards to manage the risks of escalation that existed in the past no longer seem to be present, Mr. Guterres said.

"The Cold War is back - with a vengeance but with a difference", Guterres told the Security Council during a meeting requested by Russian Federation.

"We are banking on sober thinking among both American politicians and U.S. military brass, who perfectly understand that the risk of a clash between the two superpowers really does exist", he said.

The U.N. human rights investigators, led by Brazilian Paulo Pinheiro, say they have documented suspected war crimes committed by all sides in the seven-year conflict, as well as alleged crimes against humanity by Syrian government forces.

The United Nations Security Council on the same day held an emergency meeting over the missile attack at Russia's request but failed to approve a resolution condemning the bombardment.

Several rounds of peace talks held under United Nations auspices in Geneva have failed to yield progress, deadlocked over demands that Assad make way for a political transition. "Their use is abhorrent and a clear violation of worldwide law".

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