Salmond: Case for military action has not been made

"The case for military action in Syria - or the UK's participation in it - has not yet been made," Mr Salmond has said. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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.