Austria's political parties opposed to military strike against Syria

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VIENNA, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) - Representatives from Austria's main political parties unanimously spoke out against an immediate military intervention in Syria Wednesday, despite such a strike seeming increasingly likely.

Chancellor Werner Faymann warned against hasty military action without a United Nations (UN) mandate, he told the APA, and added all political and diplomatic avenues should be explored first, with the goal of a political solution.

In addition UN inspectors should be allowed to finish their work into looking at an alleged chemical weapons attack on August 21, which he said they would require more time for.

Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger also said he could not advocate a military intervention, which without a UN mandate would be "illegal and irresponsible."

He added that chemical weapons attacks were to be strongly condemned, but that it should be waited until a clearer picture behind the alleged attack emerges before further action is taken.

Representatives of all other major Austrian political parties echoed similar sentiments to the two leaders, including the Freedom Party of Austria (FPOe), The Greens, and the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZOe). Endi

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