MEXICO CITY Seven Latin American nations jointly expressed on Friday their concern about the escalation of violence in Syria and "strongly condemned the inhumane use of chemical weapons in that nation against civilians, particularly children."
In a statement issued my Mexico's foreign ministry, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay urged all parties involved, including countries with influence in the region, to exercise the "greatest prudence" in Syria.
The statement called on the relevant parties to avoid an escalation of tensions in Syria and to find a political solution to the conflict under the auspices of the United Nations.
The statement made no reference to the U.S. missile strikes on Syrian targets on Thursday, but said steps to prevent the deployment of chemical weapons should be backed by "the entire international community" in accordance with international law.
(Reporting by Anthony Esposito)