Secretary-General's statement on Syria, 13 April 2018

Syria 'most serious threat' to international peace, security: Guterres

Meanwhile, Russia and the USA trade accusations over suspected chemical attack in Syria.

In his reaction to the missile strikes, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all countries to act consistently with the UN Charter and worldwide law.

Each of the five permanent Security Council members has veto power to kill any proposal put before them.

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

"That would be an outrage if Syria were to take control of that", she said.

"We continue to observe unsafe military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state", Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council.

As President Donald Trump ponders retaliatory military action in Syria, his envoy to the United Nations on Friday laid out a forceful argument Friday for reining in the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"I have been following closely the reports of air strikes in Syria conducted by the US, France and the UK".

He referred to Washington's latest statements on Syria as well as to United States interventions in recent years in both Iraq and Libya.

"Syria indeed today represents the most serious threat to global peace and security", Guterres said.

"This is not the first, second, third or 49th time" Assad has used chemical weapons against his people, but the 50th incident since the civil war in Syria started in 2011, she said.

Terming any use of chemical weapons as "abhorrent", the United Nations head said: "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", his statement said.

By "deciding once again to use chemical weapons" in the rebel-held town of Douma, "the regime has reached a point of no-return", Delattre said.

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