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Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress to delay voting on US strike

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 11:51

Zee Media Bureau/ Neha Attre

Washington: US President Barack Obama has asked the Congress to delay its voting to authorise US military action in Syria as it attempts to solve the crisis through diplomatic channels.

However, in a national televised address to the nation on Syria issue, Obama explained the suspected chemical attack to the Americans and the role of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime behind the incident.

During his address from the White House, he said that the Bashar al-Assad regime is to be blamed for the August 21 attack that killed 1,429 people including hundreds of children and military intervention is necessary.

He said that a military intervention will be able to save Syrian children from being killed.

Addressing US citizens on a possible military intervention in Syria, he said that it is time for the country to act when international norms are being violated.

In favour of US military strike, Obama said that it would be in the interest of the US people as “this is not a world we should accept.”

On Russia’s proposal to keep the chemical weapons of Syria under the control of international community, Obama said that US would cooperate on this matter.

However, he remained sceptical and said that said that while the proposal could avert a possible US strike, it is too early to say whether it will be succeed.

He further said that he has asked the military to continue maintaining pressure in Syria if an attempt to look for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis fails.

He also confirmed US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Russia this week to discuss the proposal to put Syrian chemical weapons under the control of international community.

Obama said that he has spoken to his allies France and Britain and will work together with China and Russia on the proposal.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid earlier postponed the vote of Senate Panel on US military strike against Syria.

Obama said that he asked the Congress leaders to delay the voting to explore a solution to the Syria issue through diplomatic channel first.

While speaking of US military action, Obama ensured that no ground combat boots or extended air strikes will take place in Syria and the military action will be limited and proportional.

First Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 09:12

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