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NATO backs Syria strikes, UN appeals for restraint

IANS  |  Brussels 

The on Saturday backed the joint strikes by the US, the UK, and targeting the Syrian regime's capabilities.

said that the strikes would reduce Syrian Bashar al-Assad's regime ability to further attack the local population with chemical weapons, news reported.

"has consistently condemned Syria's continued use of as a clear breach of international norms and agreements," Stoltenberg said in a statement.

"The use of is unacceptable, and those responsible must be held accountable," he added.

Meanwhile, UN has urged the members of the organisation to show moderation in the prevailing "dangerous" climate and to

Guterres' remarks came during a meeting on Friday, shortly before the strikes were launched in response to the alleged use of in the Syrian town of on April 7.

"I urge all member states to act responsibly in these dangerous circumstances," Guterres said.

The Council has met four times this week to assess the Syrian situation but the sessions have ended without any agreements being reached.

The debates have exposed the deep divisions between the US and on the conflict, which led Guterres to say that "the Cold War is back - with a vengeance".

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 12:04 IST
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