Czech president condemns U.S.-led air strikes on Syria

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PRAGUE, April 14 (Xinhua) -- The Prague Castle on behalf of Czech President Milos Zeman condemned on Saturday the U.S.-led air strikes on Syria.

The president's spokesman Jiri Ovcacek officially announced on Saturday that "a military solution to the situation should be the last thing to do."

He also told off the journalists for too much speculation over the "hot" war topic and non-governmental organizations for supporting the war.

Chairman of the Czech Foreign Affairs Committee Lubomir Zaoralek described the whole situation as "military power demonstration without much sense and long-term plan". He expressed his condolences to Syrians.

Later on Saturday, leader of the Czech Social Democratic Party Jan Hamacek said he didn't support the strike on Syria as it was carried out without a UN Security Council mandate. He added that it only had further postponed the conflict resolution.

The Czech government, however, had different opinions on the raids. "The strike against the Syrian regime was inevitable," said Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Saturday.

Czech Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky said that there must be carried out an immediate and independent investigation, pointing out the work of the Independent International Investigation Commission.

Czech Defence Minister Karla Slechtova announced that the Czech Republic has been always condemning the use of chemical weapons for a long time. She pointed out that the goal of the attack was not to change the government in the country, but only a "pay off" for the chemical weapons use.

The United States, France and Britain launched a joint military strike on Syria early on Saturday without the authorization of the United Nations.

The air raids targeted at Syrian government forces in response to the alleged chemical weapon use in the rebel-held town Douma a week ago.

The Syrian government has denied the allegation and called the reports fake news used by the West to justify its attacks on Syria.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned the strike Saturday, saying it violated international law and the UN Charter. Enditem

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