UN powers discuss Russia's plans over Syrian crisis
The death toll from the civil war in Syria is rising in the order of hundreds everyday, but the United States says it's taking its plans for a military strike against Syria off the table, for now at least, and will hold discussions with Russia on its proposal to bring Syria's chemical weapons under international control.
Given Congress' general disapproval of military action, the U.S. has been forced to take the Russian initiative of finding a diplomatic way to resolve the crisis.
"We're going to work with the Russians. It would be irresponsible not to explore this potential diplomatic resolution of this very serious matter."
Envoys of the five permanent UN Security Council members are meeting in New York to discuss plans to put Syrian chemical weapons under international control.
France, the U.S. and Britain are eager to frame a draft resolution under which Syria would face military action if it fails to meet its obligations.
But Russia, a staunch ally of the Assad regime, says that is unacceptable.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he hopes the Security Council will play an effective role in resolving the crisis.
"I hope that the current discussions related to safeguarding Syria's chemical weapon stocks will lead to the Security Council playing an effective role in promoting an end to the Syrian tragedy."
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Switzerland Thursday for more discussions over the Russian proposal.
The State Department has also confirmed that Kerry would meet UN-Arab League special envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi during his stay in Geneva.
And as the likelihood of imminent U.S. military action fades away, activists in Syria say the Syrian government has resumed air strikes against rebel-held positions.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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