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Wallström: US Syria strikes must follow international law

Published fredag 7 april kl 10.33
Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström
Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. Credit: Janerik Henriksson/TT

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström questions whether the US missile strikes in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria were in accordance with international law.

In a statement to TT news agency, the foreign minister wrote:

“It is unclear whether the missile strike last night is a new US policy. It is important that there is a foundation in international law for taking action. Last night’s missile strikes raise questions on how this could be in accordance with international law.”

Wallström also took the opportunity to condemn the suspected chemical weapons attack against civilians in Syria earlier this week.

“Together with nine other countries on the UN Security Council, we tried to reach unity on a resolution for a serious investigation of this atrocity in order to hold those responsible accountable. We regret that it was impossible to reach unity among the permanent members,” Wallström wrote.

The foreign minister stressed the importance of finding a political solution, and said the missile strike also needed to be brought up in the UN Security Council.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven commented on the situation to Aftonbladet:

“It could be that we’ll have a new turn of events in the Syria conflict. Sweden’s position is that we should solve this in the UN Security Council, where we now have a seat. We must find a political solution to the problem,” Löfven said.

“A great responsibility lies with Russia, with the USA, with China, and with the other permanent members to sit down and find a mutual resolution that both condemns the chemical weapons attack and demands accountability from those who were behind this. That is the task of the international community, and superpowers are highly important in that," the prime minister told Aftonbladet.

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