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No military action in Syria without UN mandate, says Bonino

Foreign minister urges caution to avoid 'dramatic repercussions'

No military action in Syria without UN mandate, says Bonino

Rome, August 27 - Italy will not take part in a military action in Syria "without a UN Security Council mandate," Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino told a joint parliamentary foreign affairs commission on Tuesday. Bonino told Radio Radicale on Monday that Italy should "try to avoid turning an international drama into a global one," urging listeners to consider the possible reactions of Russia and Iran. "Even a limited intervention runs the risk of becoming unlimited. We must think it over a thousand times, because the repercussions could be dramatic," she said. An alleged chemical-weapons attack by the Syrian government against civilians has raised the possibility of a military action against Syria by US and British forces. The US State Department on Monday announced it had postponed a meeting scheduled for Wednesday in The Hague between senior diplomats from the US and Russia due to ''ongoing consultations to find an appropriate response'' over the alleged chemical-weapons attack.

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