Nordic-Baltic Foreign Ministers Encourage UN Action in Syria Crisis
Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers at a meeting in Gotland yesterday called on members of the UN Security Council to respond to the August 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria.
The meeting was attended by the foreign ministers of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Lithuania and Latvia.
Speaking at the meeting, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said external military intervention should be the last-case option and that in the long term the conflict can only be resolved through political negotiations.
"At the same time, a repeat use of chemical weapons must be prevented," said Paet. "Those complicit in the crime must be punished in accordance with international law. The use of chemical weapons is a serious violation of international law.“
The civil war that began two years ago has led to an estimated 2 million Syrian refugees and a death toll over 100,000.
US President Barack Obama is currently seeking congressional support for military action in response to the chemical weapons attacks. The House of Representatives and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations have already endorsed his request, the full Senate has yet to confirm it.