(UNASUR Outlook by David Castro, August 31, 2013) The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) condemned this Friday 30 “external interventions” against a possible U.S. military raid in Syria, and called for a peaceful solution of the conflict, according to the organization’s final statement at the VII summit meeting, held in Suriname.
UNASUR “condemns external interventions that are inconsistent with the Charter of the United Nations and also rejects all interventional strategies,” mentioned the declaration, referring to the conflict in Syria.
UNASUR’s twelve member states, whose presidents met in Paramaribo for the transfer of the Pro-Tempore Presidency of Peru to Suriname, also demanded “the immediate cessation of all violence and suspension of all kinds of weapons’ supply” to the Arab country.
Several countries of the union, like Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela, among others, have rejected any military intervention of the U.S. and its allies in Syria. UNASUR made a “strong call for peace” and urged the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon, to “keep his demarches and deepen his efforts to bring an end to this conflict.”
The organization also requested “all parties to cooperate with the mission of the UN investigators” who are conducting inspections on the alleged use of chemical weapons in the conflict by Al-Assad’s regime.
U.S. President Barack Obama said this Friday 30 that he has still not made any “final decision” on the military action against the regime of Bashar al Assad, which is accused of using chemical weapons against civilians. After the rejection of the British Parliament, France stood as the main ally of the United States.