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Latin America leaders condemn US-led attack on Syria

Several Latin American governments, including those in Cuba and Venezuela, as well as regional leaders and presidents condemned Saturday the attacks by the US, France and the United Kingdom on Syria, using as a pretext the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma by President Bashar Assad’s forces without proper investigations being done.

The Cuban government was one of the first nations to decry the aggression on Syria. A statement by the Cuban Foreign Ministry said the unilateral action, ignoring the U.N. Security Council, constituted a “flagrant violation of International Law and the U.N. Chapter, while being an outrage against a sovereign state that worsens the conflict in Syria and the region.”

“The U.S. has attacked Syria without the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Damascus government being proved, and despite the fact that Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons being already on the ground to open an investigation in Douma,” the statement says.

Cuba is a signatory nation of the Convention of Chemical Weapons, and it firmly turns down the use of this armament and others of mass extermination by any party and under any circumstance, the foreign ministry stressed.

“The Cuban Revolutionary government conveys its solidarity and sympathy with the people and government of Syria for the loss of lives and material damage as a consequence of this heinous attack.”

Meanwhile the Venezuelan government issued a statment later Saturday decrying the attack as ignoring the basic elements of international norms. “The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela rejects and strongly condemns the unilateral military attack perpetrated by the United States, France and the United Kingdom, against the territory and the brother People of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Venezuela’s forigen ministry said in a statement.

“Once again, the United States and some of its allies are unaware of the most elementary principles and norms of International Law, when undertaking unilateral action, without their discussion and approval within the organs empowered to do so by the United Nations.”

The statement further warned that the attack was carried out by the U.S, United Kingdom, and France before international inspectors had the opportunity to probe the incident and determine the perpetrators or if in fact was a chemical arms attacks.

“The hasty military operation of the United States, recalls the catastrophic invasion of Iraq in 2003, justified under the pretext of the necessary neutralisation of weapons of mass destruction that, after months of death and chaos, they acknowledged never having located.”

The comments from Havana and Caracas came hours after the United States, United Kingdom, and France fired over 100 missiles into Syria according to the Syrian government, Russia, and the US military. The Syrian army said that more than 70 missiles of the 105 fired at its structures were intercepted by its air defenses.

Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, also condemned the attacks remembering that the U.S. also made up a similar story to justify their real intentions in Iraq.

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