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Attack On Syria Not The Solution Says Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

Heads of state and representatives of South American nations pose for the group photo at the VII Summit of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) in Paramaribo, Suriname, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.  Front row from left, UNASUR Secretary General Ali Rodriguez, Suriname's President Desi Bouterse, Peru's President Ollanta Humala, Chile's Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, Bolivia's President Evo Morales and Argentina's Vice-President Amado Boudou. Back row from left, Guyana's President Donald Ramotar, Colombia's Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin, Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and Uruguay's Foreign Minister Luis Almagro. (AP Photo/Ertugrul Kilic)

Heads of state and representatives of South American nations pose for the group photo at the VII Summit of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) in Paramaribo, Suriname, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. Front row from left, UNASUR Secretary General Ali Rodriguez, Suriname's President Desi Bouterse, Peru's President Ollanta Humala, Chile's Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, Bolivia's President Evo Morales and Argentina's Vice-President Amado Boudou. Back row from left, Guyana's President Donald Ramotar, Colombia's Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin, Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and Uruguay's Foreign Minister Luis Almagro. (AP Photo/Ertugrul Kilic)  (AP2013)

Two neighboring nations in South America are asking the U.S. to delay plans to attack Syria, saying a unilateral strike on the country would violate international law.

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela and Donald Ramotar of Guyana told reporters after talks here Saturday that the solution to the conflict in Syria is not to bomb and kill more people. The leaders said any plan for military action against Syria should be delayed until after U.N. inspectors issue a report on their recent visit.

Maduro was making his first visit to the English-speaking republic as Venezuela's head of state,one day after both leaders attended a meeting of the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR, in nearby Suriname.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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