Statement from Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström

The chemical weapons attack against civilians in Syria was abhorrent. Last night, under Swedish leadership and together with nine other countries on the Security Council, we tried to agree on a resolution on a serious investigation of this outrage so that those responsible could be held to account. We regret that it was not possible to reach an agreement among the permanent members. We are willing to continue this work.

It is unclear whether the missile attack last night represents a new US policy. It is important that action is supported by international law, but last night's missile attack also raises issues of how this can be compatible with international law.

The issue must therefore return to the Security Council, which must take responsibility for achieving a sustainable political solution. There is already excessive armed force in Syria. It is high time that the Syrian people are allowed to determine their own future.

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