Statement on Syria
This morning the Government was advised that targeted military action would be taken in response to the latest chemical
weapons attack in Syria, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.
“The Government has always favoured diplomatic efforts and a multilateral approach. The use of the veto powers at the
Security Council prevented that course of action. We have always condemned the use of the veto, including by Russia in
“New Zealand therefore accepts why the US, UK and France have today responded to the grave violation of international
law, and the abhorrent use of chemical weapons against civilians.
“The action was intended to prevent further such atrocities being committed against Syrian civilians.
“We stand firm in our condemnation of the use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta. This is clearly in breach of
“It is now important that these issues are returned to the United Nations multilateral processes including the Security
Council,” Jacinda Ardern said.