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Russian FM: Any unilateral use of force bypassing UN SC would violate international law

August 31, 2013, 2:32 UTC+3

"This march of events must be prevented", Lukashevich said

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MOSCOW, August 31 (Itar-Tass) - Washington’s latest statements containing threats to use force against Syria are unacceptable, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has said.

“Instead of complying with the resolutions made by the G8 summit in Lough Erne and the follow-up agreements to present to the UN Security Council a comprehensive report by UN experts investigating the rumoured use of chemical weapons in Syria threats to deal a strike against Syria are being made despite the lack of any evidence. Even the United States’ allies have called for taking a “pause” to wait until the group of UN experts complete their work to have an impartial picture of what happened and to determine further steps to be taken in relation to the Syrian crisis. This is precisely the kind of approach that was proclaimed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon the other day.”

“Any unilateral use of force in bypass of the UN Security Council, however ‘limited’ it may be, would become direct violation of international law, upset the prospects of a political and diplomatic settlement of the conflict in Syria and bring about a new spiral of confrontation and casualties,” Lukashevich said. “This march of events must be prevented.”


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