International condemnation has increased over the scenario of a US-led military intervention in Syria, with leaders saying a peaceful and lasting solution could only be achieved through dialogue.”
“The repercussions and counter-repercussions could be dramatic,” Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said in an interview with Radio Radicale on Monday.
The Italian official warned against launching strikes without agreement at the United Nations Security Council, which could push for a non-military solution to the crisis.
The remarks were made after the recent war rhetoric by US officials about a possible attack on Syria over Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons in the country.
The White House has said President Barack Obama is still undecided. But international opponents of the Syrian government are pushing for an offensive. France and Israel have called for military action.
This is while on Friday, Bonino said there had to be “definite information” on an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria before reacting.
She called on British, French, US and Israeli officials to share information they claim to have about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime at the UN.
International condemnation has increased over the scenario of a US-led military intervention in Syria, with leaders saying a peaceful and lasting solution could only be achieved through dialogue.
On Monday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi warned against the repercussions of any military action against Syria.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also called for a cautious political approach to the Syrian chemical weapons issue.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi government said it will not allow its airspace or territory to be used in any action against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
On August 21, the head of the so-called opposition Syrian National Coalition, George Sabra, claimed that 1,300 people were killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar.
The Syrian government, however, has vehemently rejected the allegation, saying the foreign-backed militants had carried out the attack.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.