Ardern told of ‘targeted military action‘ against Syria this morning

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the New Zealand government was advised this morning that targeted military action would be taken in response to the latest chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Jacinda Ardern Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King;

Ms Ardern said the government had always favoured diplomatic efforts and a multilateral approach but the use of the veto powers at the Security Council prevented that course of action.

“New Zealand therefore accepts why the US, UK and France have today responded to the grave violation of international law, and the abhorrent use of chemical weapons against civilians,” Ms Ardern said in a statement.

“The action was intended to prevent further such atrocities being committed against Syrian civilians.”

The prime minister said it was now important that these issues were returned to the United Nations multilateral processes including the Security Council.