Statement made by Rogelio Sierra Díaz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, condemning the unilateral attack by the United States against Syria.
I express our strong condemnation of the unilateral attack by the United States on April 6 with cruise missiles against the Shayrat air base in the Syrian Arab Republic, using as a pretext the alleged use by the Syrian government of chemical weapons against civilians.
This illegal action of force outside the United Nations constitutes a serious and flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations and of International Law and a violation of a sovereign State, while aggravating the conflict in that country and in the region, and moves away from achieving a negotiated solution.
Cuba, an original signatory and State Party of the Chemical Weapons Convention, also firmly rejects the use of chemical weapons by any actor and in any circumstance, including terrorist groups.
Action has been taken against the Syrian Arab Republic without an impartial, objective, transparent and depoliticized investigation on the case by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an international body mandated to ensure compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention. The assignment of responsibilities is not admissible until there is a pronouncement by the OPCW.
We express our deepest condolences for the loss of lives, including children, in Syria as a result of this and previous attacks.
HAVANA, Cuba, Apr 8 (ACN) Cuba News Agency
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