published: 28.08.2013, 16:02 | updated: 28.08.2013 16:30:16
Prague - Czech Social Democrats (CSSD) are very sceptical of a possible military intervention in Syria and any military action should have a support from the United Nations or else, the Czech Republic should not back it, party leader Bohuslav Sobotka told journalists today.
Western allies are considering starting air strikes due to what they call use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.
Sobotka said a possible military intervention without a U.N. mandate could worsen the tension in the region and escalate the long-lasting conflict.
Sobotka said any action should be implemented on the basis of international law and should lean on the mandate of the world organisation.
Sobotka said similar interventions in the past only brought about disputable results. Hence the need to look for diplomatic instruments including economic sanctions and an arms trading embargo.
He went on to condemn any use of chemical weapons.
Their use is being checked by a U.N. team. Some of the evidence it has at its disposal prove that a certain kind of chemical substances was used, the United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said today.
However, the U.N. had not received any evidence that the substances were used by the Syrian government.
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