Britain at United Nations says Syria strikes were 'right and legal'

Frederick Owens
April 15, 2018

Britain's government weighed the possibility of military action against Syria on Thursday, agreeing the "need to take action" despite polls showing the public remains wary of military intervention.

The joint airstrikes launched yesterday on Syria were in response to the grotesque use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad against innocent civilians in Douma in eastern Ghouta - no more, no less.

"The consequences of any country taking unilateral and action that has no legal basis are that it's an encouragement for others to do exactly the same and reduces our ability to complain when others do that", he said. After which US President Donald Trump blamed the Syrian government for the attack and warned them of military action.

She said: "This collective action sends a clear message that the worldwide community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons". This is a new chapter in the Seven Years Old Civil War.

"The government should do whatever possible to push Russian Federation and the United States to agree to an independent UN-led investigation of last weekend's horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account".

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May said the strikes would "send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity".

Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, however, backed May's decision.

"We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world", she said.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also said the strikes risked "dangerous escalation".

Other opposition leaders joined in the criticism.

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