HAVANA: Cuba warned Wednesday that an attack on Syria would have serious consequences for an already unstable Middle East and be in "flagrant violation" of the United Nations charter.
In a statement, the Cuban foreign ministry condemned the use of chemical weapons but called for a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
"An aggression against Syria would provoke very serious consequences in the already convulsed Middle East, would constitute a flagrant violation of the principles of the U.N. charter and international law, and increase the dangers to peace and international security," it said.
The United States, Britain and France were poised to launch air strikes in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack August 21 that is believed to have killed hundreds of people.
U.S. and European leaders have laid blame for the attack on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
" Cuba condemns any use of chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and it is firmly committed to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and the strict adherence to its provisions," the Cuban statement said.
But calling for a political solution to the conflict, Cuba expressed its "vehement rejection of any attempt to undermine the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and the self-determination of its people."
"It needs to be remembered that those advocating the most for military action against Syria are the same ones who launched bloody wars without a U.N. Security Council mandate, under cover of the deliberate lie about the existence of weapons of mass destruction or under the pretext of protecting civilians," it said.