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The Foreign Ministers of Nordic and Baltic States Call on UN Security Council to Hold Syrian Chemical Weapon Users Accountable

03.09.2013

 

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stressed today, in a meeting in Gotland with the foreign ministers of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Lithuania, and Latvia, that external military intervention in the Syrian conflict is the very last option. “At the same time, it is important to prevent another use of a chemical weapon,” said Paet. “Estonia has explicitly condemned the brutal attack against civilians in Syria.”

The Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers called on the members of the UN Security Council to respond clearly to the use of a chemical weapon in Syria. “The perpetrators of this crime must be punished according to international law. The use of a chemical weapon is a very serious violation of international law.”

The number of refugees that have fled Syria has now exceeded two million and the amount of casualties and refugees is increasing every day.

Paet confirmed that Estonia will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees. “We have decided to contribute an additional 250,000 Euros for humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees. In the last two years, we have supported the victims with over 830,000 Euros,” he said.

According to the foreign minister of Estonia, a lasting peace in Syria can only be accomplished with political agreements. “But it is clear that in the last two years these political and diplomatic efforts have brought us nowhere. However, they must definitely be continued,” he said. “The use of a chemical weapon is completely unacceptable,” declared Paet.

 

 

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