US Strikes on Syria Would Be a Violation of UN Charter

Henrietta Brewer
April 15, 2018

The proposal was presented as the Security Council met behind closed doors to discuss the threat of military action against Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma.

The United Nations Secretary-General has called on the worldwide community to avoid actions which could escalate the crisis in Syria and deepen the suffering of its people.

He went on to stress that the UN Security Council, of which the three countries are permanent members, "has primary responsibility for the maintenance of global peace and security".

Hans Köchler: I'm afraid that it would not make a real impact because it is, as it seems now, for the United States an issue of power politics and for the president of the U.S., also an issue to follow up on his bellicose statements. Merkel this week had said Germany would not take part in any military action against Syria.

He cited the Palestinian-Israeli divide, the Sunni-Shia divide "evident from the Gulf to the Mediterranean" and other divisive factors reflected in a multiplicity of conflicts.

A number of NGOs, including the White Helmets, stated that chemical weapons were used in the Eastern Ghouta area on April 7.

Two groups of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will arrive in Syria on Thursday and Friday, Syria's Ambassador Bashar Jaafari said.

As Washington weighs up when, where and if it is to strike in Syria over a suspected deadly chemical attack, fears are mounting that head on confrontation with Russian Federation could be the result.

The United States, Britain and France accuse Syria of violating those commitments by carrying out chemical attacks and failing to fully disclose its stockpile.

Two days ago U.S. President Donald Trump warned that missiles "will be coming" in response to that attack, leaving open the prospect of Western military action that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation.

Syrian opposition activists and medics say a suspected gas attack last week killed more than 40 people in Douma.

The World Health Organization (WHO), citing health partners, said on Wednesday that around 500 people had been treated for "signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals" in Douma.

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