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UN Council must prevent Syria spiraling out of control: Antonio Guterres

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The Security Council meets at United Nations headquarters Monday

European Council President Donald Tusk said the European Union stands by the United States, France and Britain over their air strikes after alleged chemical attacks by the Damascus regime.

"I have been following closely the reports of airstrikes in Syria conducted by the United States, France, and the United Kingdom", Guterres said in a written statement Friday.

The proposal was presented as the Security Council met behind closed doors to discuss the threat of military action against Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma.

"There are no military solutions to the crisis in Syria", Guterres said.

In his reaction to the missile strikes, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all countries to act consistently with the UN Charter and global law.

Guterres called on all the United Nations members to "unite" to deter further escalation that might aggravate the suffering that the Syrian people have endured during the conflict.

On Tuesday, a U.S drafted resolution on a new mechanism to investigate chemical weapons use in Syria was vetoed by Russian Federation, whose draft resolution on the same issue failed to win majority support. The suffering it causes is horrendous.

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French Ambassador Francois Delattre told the Security Council meeting that world powers must respond to the threat of repeated use of toxic gas as a weapon in Syria's war. "I will continue to engage with the Member States to help achieve this objective", he added.

Earlier, Guterres again called for the creation of an independent panel that could determine who used chemical weapons in Syria, as the absence of such a body increases the risks of a military escalation in a country already riven by confrontations and proxy wars.

Last October, the Council failed to renew the mandate of a UN-OPCW body, known as the Joint Inspection Mechanism, which was established three years ago.

In an earlier statement, the United Nations chief said a new Cold War had begun in the wake of a deadly suspected chemical attack in Syria.

'Let us not forget that, ultimately, our efforts must be to end the bad suffering of the Syrian people'.

Two groups of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will arrive in Syria on Thursday and Friday, Syria's Ambassador Bashar Jaafari said.

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