I express our strongest condemnation of the United States’ unilateral cruise missile attack on April 6, launched against the Shayrat air base, in the Homs province of the Syrian Arab Republic, using as a pretext the alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians by the Syrian government.

This illegal use of force, in disregard of the United Nations, constitutes a serious and flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations and of International Law, and an assault against a sovereign state, while aggravating the conflict in that country and in the region, and distancing the possibility of achieving a negotiated solution.

Cuba, an original signatory and State-Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, also firmly rejects the use of chemical weapons by any actor and in any circumstance, including terrorist groups.

Action has been taken against the Syrian Arab Republic without an impartial, objective, transparent and depoliticized investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international body charged with ensuring compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention. Accusations of responsibility are not admissible until a pronouncement is made by the OPCW.

We express our deepest condolences for the loss of lives, including of children, which occurred in Syria as a result of this and of previous aggressions.