WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- The White House on Saturday sent Congress a draft resolution that authorizes a U.S. military action against the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons last week.
Early in the afternoon, President Barack Obama announced that he would first seek authorization from Congress, as demanded by some lawmakers, before acting to punish Syria for its use of sarin gas in an Aug. 21 attack in the suburbs of Damascus, the Syrian capital.
The draft resolution, to be debated and voted in Congress when U.S. lawmakers return to session on Sept. 9 after a summer break, states that the objective of military strikes on Syria should be to "deter, disrupt, prevent and degrade the potential" for future uses of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction.
It also declares that "the conflict in Syria will only be resolved through a negotiated political settlement."
Obama said in his statement that though he has decided to act militarily against Syria government targets, the operation will not be "an open-ended intervention" and will not involve "boots on the ground."
"Instead, our action would be designed to be limited in duration and scope," he said.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday that he has not made a final decision on a military strike against Syria.
Obama said he was considering a "limited narrow act" in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, in remarks made before a meeting with three Baltic leaders at the White House. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Friday started a series of consultations with the United Nations member states on Syria amid escalating tension about the war-torn country.
Ban, who returned to New York on Thursday night from his shortened European tour, first gave the permanent members of the UN Security Council an overview of work by UN inspectors who arrived in Syria on Aug. 18 to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons there, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporter here, adding that Ban will reach out to other member states. Full story
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday called French counterpart Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss possible measures to take to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad's government for allegedly using chemical weapons against the opposition.
The White House said in a statement Obama and Hollande spoke " as part of their continuing consultations regarding the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons on August 21." Full story