U.N.-Arab League envoy warns against military intervention in Syria

Joint U.N.-Arab League Envoy for Syria Lakhar Brahimi said on Wednesday that any military strike against Syria should have U.N. Security Council approval.

Brahimi said evidence points to some form of substance being used during an incident on August 21 that may have killed more than 1,000 people on the outskirts of Damascus. He referred to the incident as outrageous and unacceptable.

"It confirms how dangerous the situation in Syria is and how important it is for the Syrians and the international community to really develop the political will to... look for a solution," Brahimi said.

When asked about potential military intervention from other countries to respond to the attack, Brahimi emphasized the need to wait for a U.N. Security Council decision.

"International law is clear on this," Brahimi said. "International law says that military action must be taken after a decision by the Security Council."

In news reports this week, the U.S. said it would be ready to stage a military strike in Syria as early as Thursday. Brahimi said international law was clear that the council needed to be brought in before any such action could take place.

Brahimi said the August 21 incident ups the urgency to create the conditions needed for a successful Geneva II Conference. The conference would attempt to achieve a political solution through a comprehensive agreement between the government and the opposition.

"I have spoken to the American and the Russians and both countries tell me that they are still interested and committed to the Geneva II conference," Brahimi said. "They both know that what has happened on August 21 will have an effect on how we proceed and how we get to that conference."

Brahimi appealed to Syrians and the international community to develop the political will to seriously address the crisis.