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Statement by the Permanent Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation regarding missile attacks on Syria

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The Permanent Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), reaffirming its support for the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR), condemns the missile attacks that were delivered by the United States with support from the UK and France on Syria on April 14, 2018, in violation of the fundamental principles and norms of international law and the UN Charter without a UN Security Council sanction.

The CSTO Permanent Council believes that these actions have created a situation that runs counter to the efforts taken to eradicate the terrorist threat in Syria as soon as possible and to settle the internal Syrian conflict through political and diplomatic means and leads to the worsening of the humanitarian situation in the country. There is also a risk of the further escalation of tension in the region as well as the rest of the world.

The Permanent Council of the CSTO is urging the UN Security Council to do everything within its power to restore and maintain international peace and security as the international community entrusted it to do. We are convinced that strict adherence to the principles and instruments of international law offers an opportunity to prevent the escalation of the crisis in Syria, the continued suffering of the Syrian people and any damage to the system of international relations.

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