The South African Government has said that it is opposedto any form of
military intervention in Syria as some Western countries ponder their
reaction to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country.
The Department of International Relations and Co-operation said while
itremained "deeply concerned about the continuing violence and rapidly
deteriorating human rights situation" in Syria, it did not believe in
bombing the country.
"South Africa is alarmed at the latest escalation in the conflict in
the Syrian Arab Republic and condemns the use of chemical weapons,"
said Department spokesperson Clayson Monyela.
"The use of these weapons in Syria is of serious concern and is wholly
unacceptable by any standard. No cause could ever justify the use of
weapons of mass destruction," he said.
However, Monyela said "bombing the already suffering people and
crumbling infrastructure of Syria will not contribute to a sustainable
Meanwhile, South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu has warned against
military action to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical
He called instead for "human intervention" and the need for more time
for UN inspectors to conclude their investigations into the alleged
use of chemical weapons that left many dead or injured.