GMM urges United Nations, global community to resolve Syria conflict


China on Saturday criticized the joint attack carried out by the USA, the United Kingdom and France in Syria and said it violated the UN Charter, complicating further the conflict's solution.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the US -led airstrikes against Syria, saying maintaining global peace and security is the job of the UN Security Council.

"Let us not forget that, ultimately, our efforts must be about ending the bad suffering of the Syrian people", said Guterres in a statement.

Further actions violating the United Nations charter such as the recent USA -led strikes on Syria will result in chaos in worldwide relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Ruhani over phone on Sunday.

The U.N. chief told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Friday called by Russian Federation that the highly volatile situation risks "escalation, fragmentation and division as far as the eye can see with profound regional and global ramifications".

Russian Federation this week vetoed a U.S. proposal to set up such a panel following an alleged chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma that killed more than 40 people, according to medics and rescuers.

The three allies circulated a joint draft resolution at the Security Council that also calls for unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid, enforcing a ceasefire and demands that Syria engage in UN-led peace talks, according to the text obtained by AFP.

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"Increasing tensions and the inability to reach a compromise in the establishment of an accountability mechanism (for chemical weapons use in Syria) threaten to lead to a full-blown military escalation", Guterres told the Security Council on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The move signaled the West's resolve to return to diplomacy after a one-night military operation that hit sites Western officials said were linked to Syria's chemical weapons program.

In today's briefing to the Council, the United Nations chief warned that "increasing tensions and the inability to reach a compromise in the establishment of an accountability mechanism threaten to lead to a full-blown military escalation".

"The Cold War is back - with a vengeance but with a difference", Gutteres warned.

With the UN Security Council failing thus far to find a diplomatic solution, Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that time was running out.

"I reiterate my strong condemnation of the use of chemical weapons by any party to the conflict and under any circumstances".

He said he is concerned "that we don't add any civilians deaths" to the almost half million people already killed during Syria's seven-year civil war.