UNSC opens emergency meeting

New York

The UN Security Council met in an emergency session on Friday following the US missile strikes in Syria, with France and Britain voicing support for Washington’s military response to a suspected chemical weapons attack.
France and Britain called for a renewed push for political negotiations to end the six-year war in Syria.
“The United Kingdom fully supports the United States’ action overnight, which was an appropriate response to such a heinous crime, a war crime,” British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said as he headed into the meeting.
Describing the US strikes as “appropriate,” French Ambassador Francois Delattre expressed hope the US action would be a “game changer and help boost the political negotiations.”
The council meeting was called by Bolivia, which branded the US strikes a violation of international law.
Bolivian Ambassador Sacha Lorenti said the United States had behaved like “investigator, attorney, judge and executioner” in Syria.

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