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Linas Linkevičius

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Lithuanian MFA statement regarding actions in Syria

Created: 2018.04.14 / Updated: 2018.04.14 13:09

Lithuanian MFA supports actions by the US, UK and France against the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons facilities. Use of chemical weapons in Syria crossed all possible red lines. Those responsible for use of chemical weapons against civil population, including children, must be held accountable.

Military response of the international community needed to send a strong signal to Assad's regime and its supporters. It is the only way to prevent the use of chemical weapons in the future.

We are closely observing the ongoing developments in Syria.

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Use of chemical weapons in Syria brought massive casualties, economic and social losses and fear, at an unprecedented level in modern history. Recent  reports of use and threat of use of chemcal weapons in Syria continue to alert international community. Existence of chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction carry out the risk that terrorists take the sites with weapons of mass destruction and related materials. Terrorists acquiring a chemical or nuclear device or biological material could spread massive murder and destruction far grater than any other terrorist attack conducted so far.

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