Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, has said the case for military action in Syria has not yet been made.
"The Scottish Government condemns unreservedly the actions of the Assad regime over recent months and years," Mr Salmond said in a statement, adding: "We condemn and deplore any use of chemical weapons by any party as a crime against humanity."
But he said the international community must give UN inspectors time to complete their investigations before acting "within a clear legal framework" if military action is deemed justified.
The Prime Minister has said 'the world should not stand idly by' after hundreds were killed in apparent chemical attacks in Syria last week.
Any UK military action in Syria would involve submarine-launched cruise missiles rather than air strikes, a military expert has predicted.