Russia FM Lavrov Warns against Strike in Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has strongly warned against a military intervention in Syria, saying that without a mandate from the United Nations that would be a grave violation of international law.
Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Lavrov appealed to the United States and other Western powers to avoid "past mistakes" by intervening in Syria after rebel forces claimed that Syrian government used chemical weapons against them.
Lavrov stressed there's no proof yet that the Syrian government was involved in an alleged chemical weapons attack last week, and added that the claims must be "thoroughly and professionally investigated" and submitted to the UN Security Council.
He said that initiatives to normalize conditions and lessen violence in Syria -- such as the Kofi Annan peace process -- have been undermined by Western powers that oppose and are focused on challenging the Bashar al-Assad government.
He added that any Western military involvement would be futile.
"Even if the victory of the opposition is there, the civil war will continue. The current government will become the opposition," he said.
"............and allow the bloodshed to continue???????"----Hypocrisy at its purest, sorry. If "You"(USA+) stopped rendering massive and unlawful support to the bloody thugs (aka "rebels"), the latters would've been defeated already, and they wouldn't have committed many of their horrifying crimes, those very crimes which are so "wisely" and unanimously "not seen" by Western leaders and their tame mass-media. The coming-idiotic, unlawful, criminal-USA/GB/France' attack will inevitably increase just the bloodshed and the civilian victims, will create chaos, will enforce Al-Qaeda, will promote further destabilization in the region, isn't it clear? And the "authors" of this "scenario"(if it becomes a reality, and it becomes, alas), they are International War Criminals.
“Any action in Syria must be backed up with 'hard evidence,' says Ambassador Richard Butler”
Butler led U.N. inspection teams in Iraq in the 1990s and warned Washington more than a decade ago of the far-reaching consequences of any military action in Iraq without U.N. backing:
"The spectacle of the United States, armed with its weapons of mass destruction, acting without Security Council authority to invade a country in the heartland of Arabia, and if necessary, use its weapons of mass destruction to win the battle, is something that will so deeply violate any notion of fairness in this world that I strongly suspect it could set loose forces that we would deeply live to regret,".