Costa Rica rejects proposed U.S. action against Syria

The country does not support any military action against Syria outside the framework of the United Nations, said the foreign ministry Friday.

The statement from the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto said that Costa Rica is a country of peace, disarmed and one that has proclaimed to the world its neutrality with respect to armed conflicts. The statement urged the U.N. Security Council to stop the killings in Syria and to protect civilians.

Obviously commenting on potential action as promised by U.S. President Barack Obama, the statement also repudiated the use of chemical weapons under any circumstances and especially when employed against the civilian population.

The ministry also urged the United Nations to send the case to the International Criminal Court and urged permanent members of the Security Council to refrain from vetoing this proposal. U.N. inspectors are trying to get to the bottom of what actually took place in Syria Aug. 21 when presumed sarin gas killed hundreds and maybe more than 1,400 person in a suburb of Damascus.

In another development Pope Francis called on Sunday for an end to the illegal traffic in arms, and repeated his appeal for peace in Syria.

“The war against evil means saying no to fratricidal hatred and the lies which feed it, saying no to violence in all its forms, saying no to the proliferation of arms and the illegal trade in arms,” he said in his regular Sunday Angelus.

“There is so much of it. And there is always the doubt whether these wars here or there are wars for real problems or wars to sell arms,” he said.

“There is a commercial war to sell these weapons in illegal trade. These are enemies to be fought, together and united, following no other interests than those of peace and the common good,” said the leader of the Catholic Church.

The call came hours after Francis addressed an estimated 100,000 people in St. Peter’s Square in a day of fasting and prayer aimed at encouraging peace in Syria.

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