PM Says Italy Will Not Join Syrian Operation Unless UN Backs It

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Reuters
Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Thursday Italy would not join any military operation against Damascus without authorisation from the United Nations Security Council.

Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Thursday Italy would not join any military operation against Damascus without authorisation from the United Nations Security Council.

"If the United Nations doesn't back it, Italy will not participate," he told Italy's RAI state radio, but added that Italy fully backed international condemnation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"The international community has to respond strongly to Assad and his regime and to the horrors which have been committed," he said, referring to reported chemical weapons attacks blamed on the Syrian government.