The attack perpetrated on the outskirts of Damascus, with strong evidence of the use of chemical weapons, which killed hundreds of unarmed civilians, including children, is a heinous act that draws the attention of the international community to the need for concerted efforts to end violence in Syria. The Brazilian Government conveys its condolences and solidarity to the families of the victims and associates itself with the statements made by the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations calling for urgent independent investigation.
Brazil reiterates its position that there is no military solution to the conflict and recalls its support for the convening of an international conference on the Syrian situation. Only an inclusive political process, led by the Syrians, as recommended in the Action Group on Syria Communiqué, issued in 2012, could lead to peace and effective protection of civilians in that country.
As a signatory of the Chemical Weapons Convention, Brazil favors the destruction of remaining chemical arsenals.