US not isolated on Syria, countries speaking out: Kerry

US is not alone on the issue of Syria and its views are supported by many of its allies and friends, Secretary of State John Kerry said a day after the setback of the British Parl refusing military action against the Assad regime.

Updated: Aug 31, 2013, 11:19 AM IST

Washington: US is not alone on the issue of Syria and its views are supported by many of its allies and friends, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, a day after the setback of the British Parliament refusing military action against the Assad regime.
"America should feel confident and gratified that we are not alone in our condemnation and we are not alone in our will to do something about it and to act. The world is speaking out. And many friends stand ready to respond," Kerry told reporters at the State Department.
"The Arab League pledged, quote, "to hold the Syrian regime fully responsible for this crime." The Organisation for Islamic Cooperation condemned the regime and said we needed, quote, "to hold the Syrian government legally and morally accountable for this heinous crime." Turkey said there is no doubt that the regime is responsible," he said.

"Our oldest ally, the French, said the regime, quote, "committed this vile action, and it is an outrage to use weapons that the world community has banned for the last 90 years in all international conventions." The Australian prime minister said he didn`t want history to record that we were, quote, "a party to turning such a blind eye", Kerry said.

While Kerry made no reference to the US` anguish with the decision of the British Parliament, he expressed his deep disappointment on the Russian decision to veto any US move in the UN Security Council.

"Because of the guaranteed Russian obstructionism of any action through the UN Security Council, the UN cannot galvanise the world to act as it should. So let me be clear. We will continue talking to the Congress, talking to our allies, and most importantly, talking to the American people," he said.

"President Obama will ensure that the United States of America makes our own decisions on our own timelines, based on our values and our interests," Kerry said.

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