Military action against Syria not approved by the UN Security Council would be in violation of international law, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday, comments that came as US President Barack Obama pressed his case to Congressional leaders for a retaliatory strike on Syria over its alleged used of chemical weapons.
“As I have repeatedly said, the Security Council has primary responsibility for international peace and security,” Ban told a news conference in New York prior to departing for the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, The Associated Press reported.
“The use of force is lawful only when in exercise of self-defense in accordance with article 51 of the United Nations Charter and or when the Security Council approves such action,” he added.
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