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Sun, 01 Sep, 2013 02:46:12 AM
FTimes-STT Report, September 1
 
File picture of Former Finnish President Tarja Halonen. Photo - Lehtikuva
Former Finnish President Tarja Halonen, on Saturday expressed profound concern over the probable strike against the Syrian regime as she believed that such strike might have serious consequences.
 
In an interview with Yle TV 1, Halonen said that the situation created over Syria showed weakness of the United Nations organisation.
 
She also said that she was not unhappy with the decision for not participating in military attacks against Syria taken by the British Parliament.
 
"I believe that the British people wondered to see how the loyal friend of the US, Tony Blair finally made the decision for not joining attack, although he had earlier explained the reasons for going into such attacks,” said the former president pointing out the previous role of UK during the attacks on Iraq.
 
Although she said no one certainly will say that the use of chemical weapons in Syria or anywhere would be right, she viewed the consequences of a planned strike against Syrian government would be grave.
 
Halonen, who was the president of Finland for 12 years from 2000 to 2012, pointed out the weakness of the United Nations on Syria situation and expressed the need for creating a coalition outside the UNO.
 
"I suspect that banned weapons have been used by both sides and it could be a correct thought that there are clear fronts there,” said the former president, adding that it is very difficult to know who actually makes decisions.
 
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