United Nations chief warns against escalation over Syria

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

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

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

Under U.N. rules, the Syrian ambassador to the forum, Hussam Edin Aala, will "represent the body in its relations with states, the General Assembly and other organs of the United Nations, and with other worldwide organizations".

Ambassador Nikki Haley addressed the U.N. Security Council in emergency session ahead of a vote called by Russian Federation to attempt to block US action.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned against any further escalation after the U.S., U.K., and France jointly launched airstrikes targeting the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons capabilities in Syria.

Jacinda Ardern says the Government accepts why the USA, the UK and France sent missiles to Syria over failed United Nations discussions. After the United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of strikes against Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime on April 14, 2018 in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said that France fired cruise missiles from frigates in the Mediterranean and deployed fighter jets from home bases as part of its strikes.

"For eight long years the people of Syria have endured suffering upon suffering. But should the United States and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defense of a principle on which we all agree", Haley told the UN Security Council.

US President Donald Trump said the joint action was meant to establish a "strong deterrent" against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons.

During the meeting, Britain's permanent representative to the United Nations Karen Pierce said that Russian actions regarding Syria are "the latest in a pernicious chronology of disregard for global law" by Moscow.

The military operation was ordered in retaliation for what the West says was repeated use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces against civilians.

Due largely to divisions among its five permanent members - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the USA - the Council could not adopt three draft resolutions that would have responded to a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma almost a week ago.

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